Well, just when you thought that the world couldn’t get much more insane, the WHO comes and reassures you that there is no bottom to the depths of madness. What am I talking about? Well, the World Health Organisation includes infertility in its list of disabilities. Currently, infertility is defined as “a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse”. Which seems about right, if you are in the fertile age bracket (15-49), have sex over a period of time and do not get pregnant then the WHO will define you as suffering from infertility and therefore suffering from a disability. You, or your partner, are unable (temporarily or permanently) to do something that generally humans can do – conceive a child through the act of having sex.
“Single men and women who have not found a sexual partner to have children with.”
That’s right, all you singles, looking for love, but unable to find Mr or Miss Right are all disabled according to the WHO. Your inability to find a suitable sexual partner is a disability, equal to someone who cannot conceive after years of trying.
What is driving this crazy change, apart from mental disability on the part of the authors? Well, it can be seen in the comment that “the revised definition gave every individual ‘the right to reproduce'”. Ah, there it is. Reproduction is a right. And if you can’t reproduce because you are not able to, or because you cannot find a willing partner, or because you are in a relationship that by its very nature cannot reproduce, then you are disabled because you cannot fulfil your “right to reproduce”. Where does this right come from? Whatever happened to the idea that children are a blessing? A gift? That being a parent was something to yearn for, hope for and pray for, but not something to demand as a right?
And of course, changing this definition will “likely to place pressure on the NHS to change its policy on who can access IVF treatment”. If you are having no luck on the speed-dating scene, or if you are in a committed, long term relationship with a globally-recognised wall, then your “disability” is impeding your “right” to reproduce and you should demand taxpayer-funded IVF to fulfil your right. Perhaps the WHO needs to consider the (novel I know!) idea that single people cannot conceive because single people cannot conceive. A single person cannot run in a three-legged race and it takes two to tango. These are not instances of a single person being disabled. They are instances of a single person, completely able to do things a single person can do, but UNABLE to do things that A SINGLE PERSON CANNOT DO.
We have, of course, lost sight of the idea that sex is not just about pleasure, not just about intimacy, but also about making babies. We demand to have sex without babies, and we now demand babies without sex. And the idea that babies are intrinsically worthwhile in themselves and should be valued for their own sake, has been replaced by the demand that babies be provided so that the parents’ “rights” be fulfilled. Babies are no longer subjects, but objects. The WHO is no longer about health but about being bien pensant.