According to the Telegraph, the World Health Organization will change its definition of disability to categorize single people as “sterile.” The new controversial classifications will ensure that heterosexual single men and women, as well as men and women Homosexual women who wish to pass in vitro fertilization to have a child, receive the same priority as couples. Everyone could have access to public funds for IVF. Others criticize the WHO for interfering with the privacy of individuals, arguing that the choice of a companion is in the social sphere and not the health system.
People affected by pathologies that impair fertility will no longer be the only ones to be considered sterile; this will now also be the case for all those who have had an unprotected intimate relationship in the previous twelve months without procreation. This new definition now includes anyone who has not found a partner with whom to breed for a long time.
“The new definition of infertility makes it possible for all individuals to have the opportunity to start a family, including singles and homosexuals,” said David Adamson, one of the authors of the text, at the Telegraph. It’s a radical change, “he says. This means that couples who want to have a child do not have priority over single people for artificial fertilization.
The WHO did not comment on Dr. Adamson’s statements, because “Mr. Adamson does not work directly with us, but with an organization that works with us on the glossary,” Tarek Jarasevic told Motherboard. Jarasevic also pointed out that this version of the text “only makes a clinical description of a lack” and is not to be interpreted socially.
Of course, we do not know how many single people really want to become parents, but opponents of this text argue that couples who want to have a child should be given priority.
It is also difficult to know to what extent the classification of singles as disabled will affect national laws: in France, for example, surrogacy is prohibited. For a homosexual single wishing to become a father, concretely, that would not change anything. On the other hand, for single women, things could change.
Under the US Disability Act, a person with a disability is defined as a person with “a physical or mental impairment that significantly limits one or more major activities of life, a person who has a history or registration such a disability, or a person who is perceived by others as having such a disability. “As the ADA does not cite all the disorders that are covered, the new WHO guidelines may be useless. After all, having children is an important activity in life for many people.