If you’ve been having trouble conceiving a child, fear not. Held is now on the way in the form of a new lottery. That’s right. The world’s first IVF lottery is about to launch in England. Tickets for this very controversial idea will go on sale in late July and will cost £20 each.
Winning the Baby Lottery
And what do you get, should you be the lucky winner of the jackpot? You’ll be able to enjoy £25,000 worth of tailor-made fertility treatments with one of the UK’s top fertility specialists. Each month, the lottery will offer one lucky couple the chance to conceive in this way.
Critics, of course, say that the process of making this a lottery issue “demeaned” the very nature of reproduction. In addition, the new lottery will also get heat, undoubtedly, since it’s not only for couples. Anyone can take part in the lottery including singles, gay people and even the elderly (who might then pass on their win to someone else).
In addition to treatments, winners will get perks like a stay in a luxury hotel, a chauffeur to take them to the clinic for their treatments, and even extra treatments if IVF fails. They will be offered donor eggs, reproductive surgery and even, perhaps, surrogate birth if needed.
Profits from the game will go to the charity To Hatch which will then be able to provide support to childless couples.
In response to the waves of criticism the lottery idea is receiving, To Hatch founder Camille Strachan said, “We will offer struggling couples a completely tailor made service. We hope the To Hatch Lottery can ease the burden on the NHS and reduce the stress slightly on some of those who are struggling.”
One out of every seven couples suffers from fertility problems in England and 1% of babies that are born in Britain each year were conceived with IVF.