Singletons are discriminated against when it comes to UK fertility treatment, argues celebrity Ashley James

Former Made in Chelsea reality star, Ashley James has spoken out on single people being discriminated against when it comes to their fertility status

The 32-year-old has appeared on several morning television shows in the past week to discuss her thoughts on why single women should get access to fertility treatment on the NHS and to be denied is ‘discriminatory’.

The reality television star went on ITV’s Good Morning Britain and the Jeremy Vine Show on Channel 5 and told presenters she felt when the time was right for her to have children, she should be given the treatment for free, should she need it.

Ashley said she felt single people were ‘attacked’ for their relationship status and comes as the South East London Heath Alliance said it would carry out a ‘rapid review’ of single women accessing IVF.

It follows a report compiled by the Sunday Times revealed that policies in the South East London Commissioning Alliance, which includes six clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, excludes single women from accessing IVF on the grounds that they are ‘poorer’, ‘exert less control on their children’ and ‘place a greater burden on society in general’.

She said when asked whether she was planning to have children in the near future, she said: “No, I’m not, but I have two friends, one who is 38 and one who is 39, one is going through the adoption process and the other is having IVF.”

A debate opened up with one audience member saying that IVF success rates were low and that surely it was a waste of NHS funds, something Ashley strongly disagreed with.

She said she paid her taxes so why should she not be offered free treatment and compared it to a smoker who develops cancer who are offered treatment.

She said: “Let’s say I get to 38 and I want to have a child and I’ve paid all my taxes, why should someone who has smoked all their lives, knowing the risks get treated for cancer, so I feel it’s a very complex thing.

“I resent the attacks on single women, a social psychologist said there is no difference between children in a one or two parent household.”

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