Only recently has the Scottish government decided to increase the fund for IVF treatment for eligible couples from two to three full cicles. While in vitro fertilisation remains a controversial issue for some, this move is a step in the right direction for others.
All moral and ethical convictions aside, however, the desire to start a family turns out to be a greater fight for some than many of us can imagine. There are ways and means to have children when couples are having difficulties conceiving; these include adoption or IVF. If potential options are found, oftentimes these possibilities demand persistance and patience – and sometimes much more of both than many consider possible.
I have no better example for the sheer force of will and determination than shown in the inspirational case of Carol Fox and her double-digit tries to become pregnant with her much beloved only daughter. Where quite a few would have opted for another approach or even given up, the committed feminist followed through with her wish and eventually had a baby. In Memoirs Of A Feminist Mother she writes about the matter that attracted media coverage at that time and is still relevant to this day.