IVF was offered to a gay male couple for the first time in the UK

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The married couple plan to have a baby via IVF, using the sperm of one of the men and a surrogate mother to carry the child, reports The Mail on Sunday. And for the first time ever in British history the state healthcare provider NHS agreed to fund the in vitro fertilization process for the surrogate mother with a further embryo implantation. This procedure was funded by NHS before, but only for straight couples. The NHS has previously refused to give gay male couples the treatment because of a “blanket ban” on funding treatment that involves use of a surrogate, reports the Mail on Sunday, but this policy was reversed by Scottish government two years ago, making fertility services accessible for people regardless of sex, gender identity and sexual orientation. A Scottish government spokesperson told the Mail on Sunday that fertility was being offered to gay men with fertility problems in same-sex relationships, including those using a surrogate if potential parents find her themselves

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