Gay Couple Sues for Fertility Treatments
Let’s pray that God would take over and restore biblical values to society.
From The Federalist. A gay couple in New York is suing the Big Apple government because, under the city’s current insurance policy, they did not qualify for fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization and surrogacy.
Corey Briskin, a former assistant district attorney for the City of New York, and Nicholas Maggipinto claim they have a right to parenthood even though their biology together doesn’t allow for it, which is why they, along with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), have filed a class-action complaint against the City of New York. They think that because both of them are male and are biologically incapable of naturally procreating, they meet the medical definition of infertile and are thus entitled to insurance that will cover the costs of using a woman to have a baby.
Both men went to law school, have well-paying jobs, and live together in a wealthy part of Brooklyn, but neither of them wanted to foot the $200,000 it will cost to buy a woman’s egg, fertilize that egg into an embryo, and rent a woman’s womb to carry the baby to term. That’s when they inquired about using Briskin’s insurance to cover the expensive procedures.
Under NYC’s insurance policy, infertility is defined as “an inability to have a child through heterosexual sex or intrauterine insemination.” Considering the fact that procreation in gay relationships is physiologically impossible 100 percent of the time, male couples such as Briskin and Maggipinto who desire parenthood are disqualified from receiving taxpayer-funded fertility assistance.
The couple claims this is discrimination …
“The policy is the product of a time when there was a misconception, a stereotype, a prejudice against couples that were made up of two men — that they were not capable of raising children because there was no female figure in that relationship,” Briskin said.
Except that’s not “a misconception,” “a stereotype,” or “a prejudice” to say that children need mothers and fathers. …
Children who are born and raised by their married biological mother and father are more likely to lead healthier, safer, and better-educated lives well above the poverty line. …
The Guardian notes that if Briskin and Maggipinto win the lawsuit, “employers and health insurers across the US will be under pressure to change their policies to give gay men the same access to fertility benefits as anyone else.” …
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(Excerpt from The Federalist. Photo Credit: Teddy Österblom on Unsplash)
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