Despite being two years’ into a pandemic, Victorian couples have been dealt a further blow as IVF treatment is placed on hold.
The blanket ban on IVF treatment until April 12 could be catastrophic for women and their partners, as any delay to treatment cycles while government decision making takes place could significantly impact the ability to conceive.
Earlier this month, IVF clinics were asked to cancel appointments in an effort to free up more health resources with some providers only able to deliver restricted services.
Distraught Victorians have already expressed their anguish at the decision, claiming a 90-day ban could end some couples’ dream of having a child.
Successful IVF treatment is not a stop and start process. The Andrews Labor Government must immediately reinstate fertility and IVF treatments in Victoria.
Comments attributable to the Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:
“Right now, the Andrews Labor Government is dictating whether or not Victorians can have a family,”
“This must be reversed immediately to ensure many Victorian couples’ chance of having a family of their own isn’t jeopardised.”
Comments attributable to the Shadow Minister for Health, Georgie Crozier:
“For many Victorians, IVF is not a choice. Daniel Andrews and Martin Foley shouldn’t be allowed to decide when couples can have children,”
“We are already in the midst of a shadow lockdown and now the Government is putting the mental health of those experiencing infertility at risk.”