A major disparity of same-sex couples accessing NHS IVF across the UK has prompted FIFA referee Stacey Pearson to launch a petition to make it fairer for all
Stacey, who has a three-year-old IVF daughter with partner Danielle Beazer and had hoped to have a second child together but things have not worked out as they had hoped.
The former professional footballer and Danielle began their fertility journey four years ago and feel blessed that their first round of IVF worked, resulting in the birth of their daughter, Willow.
Stacey has documented her journey on blog Two Mums IVF Journey where she talks about their said losses and why she decided to launch the petition, which has already gained more than 35,000 signatures.
The couple has experienced failed cycles, two miscarriages and spent about £17,000 on fertility treatment so far.
They suffered their second miscarriage just last week.
She said: “There are no words to describe how we are feeling. What we can say is that the issue of fertility, particularly for same-sex couples, has a huge emotional and financial impact, and represents a logistical nightmare.
“I didn’t choose to be gay, but because I am, my experience of IVF is inherently different.
“Whilst the thing we want most in the world is another child in our family, regardless of the cost, there is no doubt that if we were a heterosexual couple, or if I was a single woman wanting to conceive a child, we would have had more financial help and support.
“We can shout about the inequality of our experience and hope that we may help the many same-sex couples who want to start a family
“That’s why we are starting a petition. The petition won’t lead to any change for us, we are lucky to have one amazing little girl. But I am hoping that we can change things for the hundreds of couples going through this process in the future.
“We deserve to have the same rights as other females, regardless of sexuality.”
To support the campaign and sign the petition, click here
To find out more about Stacey, Danielle, and their journey, visit their blog here