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Lesbian couples and single women will soon be able to have babies using IVF treatment in Victoria, but some women and doctors say the new laws themselves are discriminatory because they include mandatory criminal background checks for prospective mothers.
Under the old laws, single women and lesbians had to be clinically infertile to receive IVF treatment in Victoria and even then they weren’t allowed to use donor sperm from a clinic.
Victoria’s Attorney-General Rob Hulls says the states laws are no longer in breach of the Federal Sex Discrimination Act.
“There are kids that are being born to all sorts of arrangements and they don’t have appropriate legal protections and so this legislation ensures that children - regardless of the arrangements under which they’ve been born - are protected,” he said.
“This legislation was always about kids and ensuring that children born into same sex families or as a result of surrogacy arrangements are not discriminated against.”
I don’t understand what Mr. Hulls is talking about. How is this new law supposed to protect children in a way they were not protected previously?