The denial of reality continues apace. In the South Australia State Parliament yesterday, Premier Weatherill offered an apology (h/t: CL) for his state’s historical treatment of the LGBTQ community. One of the instances of purported discrimination involved the following:
“People like Chloe and her partner who were told that they can’t access fertility treatment in this state because they were told their infertility was a lifestyle choice.”
Concluding that such purported discrimination:
“diminish[es] us by saying effectively there are certain people who deserve to be treated differently, whose relationships are worth less, whose families should not exist and who are not entitled to the same fundamental rights as their neighbour,” Mr Weatherill said.
With respect to the last quote, the first thing to say about the following is that the relationship is different and therefore deserves to be treated differently. A relationship between the sexes is typically fertile, whereas a relationship between the same sex can never be fertile. Nevertheless, this does not necessarily mean that the latter relationship is worth less than the former, nor that any ‘families’ that may now involve same-sex partners do not exist. It simply means that the state may have a greater interest in the former than with respect to the latter, and that any rights that might be involved have to do with the care and custody of the child/ren, either as natural or adoptive parent, rather than with the relationship itself.
So far as the first quote is concerned, Chloe and her partner, are denied access to fertility treatment not because they are gay, but because they do not suffer any sort of medical condition that hinders or prevents pregnancy within their relationship. The problem, as it were, is the relationship itself; that is, it is not a fecund relationship. We should, for the same reason, deny fertility treatment to single women, but here not on the grounds of their not being a fecund relationship, but simply because their is no relationship. To pretend otherwise, in either case, is simply to deny reality.
Picture: :The Hirschsprung family portrait (1881) by Peder Severin Krøyer.