Married lesbian couple launch discrimination action against NHS

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11/07/2021

A married lesbian couple are launching a landmark legal test case against a branch of the NHS fertility sector in England, claiming it discriminates against LGBT+ families. Influencers Megan Bacon-Evans, 34, and her wife Whitney, 33, from Windsor in Berkshire, have accused their clinical commissioning group (CCG), Frimley, of penalising them financially because of their sexuality. The couple, known to their 220,000 followers across YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok as “Wegan”, shot to fame as bloggers and LGBT+ role models in 2009, featuring on the BBC’s Britain’s Relationship Secrets documentary and the reality bridal show Say Yes to the Dress. They started a petition for equal treatment in November last year after being “shocked and devastated” at the barriers to starting their family under the current rules, which are often dubbed a “gay tax”. Frimley states that same-sex female couples, and single women and people with wombs, must pay for 12 intrauterine insemination (IUI) or IVF treatments to “prove” medical infertility, costing an estimated £30,000 or more, before receiving NHS help. By contrast, the majority of cisgendered heterosexual couples, including Megan’s sister, are required only to try to conceive for two years.

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