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IVF Lottery Causes More Commotion

Despite the uproar among the fertility field concerning To Hatch's IVF lottery, the organization known most recently for its IVF treatment ticket raffle has plans to expand its offer to Australia.

Representatives from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and CORE (Comment on Reproductive Ethics) have already made statements dismissing the lottery as unacceptable and demeaning; however, To Hatch founder Camille Strachan has held tight to her belief and hope that "the To Hatch Lottery can ease the burden on the NHS and reduce the stress slightly on some of those who are struggling.”  She has added that she would launch similar opportunities for cancer patients in need of expensive drug treatments, and has already been considering expanding the IVF lottery to members in Australia, "Bringing this to Australia this year is at the forefront of my mind because I do get a lot of members from Australia and infertility is just as big a problem in Australia as it is in the UK" (source: Herald Sun).

Chief executive of Australia's VARTA (Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority) anticipates the lottery, if brought to Australia, will stir some debates in the area of reproductive ethics and has expressed concern about what types of reactions and situations will develop if the treatment from the IVF lottery does not take, "A marketing exercise like this could backfire because it's no guarantee that the winner of such a lottery would be suitable for IVF treatment" (source: Herald Sun).

To Hatch's IVF Lottery is set to open July 30th and we'll continue to update on the debate as the story develops.

Topics: IVF Medication, Fertility, Law, International Law, IVF

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