The PEOPLE'S PARLIAMENT: IT'S EVERY WOMAN'S RIGHT TO HAVE A CHILD
Motion: Fertility treatment should be available on the NHS to anyone over 18. Proposer: Zoe Conway. Her film maintains that treatment to young hetersexual couples reflects the bias of doctors and authorities, and that many people are unable to afford the private fertility treatment that is available. Opposer: Elizabeth Leech. Holds that children of ageing mothers or of lesbian partners would be at a disadvantage, and that children have the right where possible to a father and mother of an age to take proper care of them. Speaking for: Gill Taylor (refused fertility treatment on grounds of age) Cathy Taylor (undergoing IVF treatment) Sangeeta Bassi (mother of four) Trafford Lovething (single, would like children) Margaret Baxter (daughter on IVF treatment) Rheba Glazier (married with two children) Volney Harris (father of three) Paul Clarke (father of two) Speaking against: Joan Espanoza (had child at age 43) Bob Kirby (father of two) Frances Morris (large family) Robert Ignatowitz (married, wants child) Steve Speakman (married, two children) Andrew Barnfield (single) Select Committee Members: Alan Howarth (part-time youth officer, no children) Henry Guterman (retired, father and grandfather) Marie Wright (single mother) Rena Woods (immigration aid worker, single mother) Witnesses: Julie Tucker (fertility counsellor, Mayday Clinic, London) Lydia Tischler (child psychologist) Professor Ian Craft (infertility consultant and IVF pioneer) Final vote: For: 48 Against: 21 The motion was carried.
Series in which 100 members of the public debate topical issues of the day. The motion in this programme is: It is every woman's right to have a child.