I urge you to read the following post written by a friend of mine also attempting to have a child via surrogacy. This post details the struggles we have in affording IVF treatment due to the lack of government support, whilst other couples doing IVF get much needed assistance.
We may not represent a large % of the population, but we represent the very segment of the population that Medicare should be most likely to assist.
We pay our Medicare Levies. We work, we pay taxes. We long to fulfill the ‘Great Australian Family Dream’ as outlined in 2004 by then treasurer Peter Costello who famously encouraged parents to have three children: “one for the husband, one for the wife and one for the country”. The dream of a family it seems, is one that is entrenched in every aspect of life.
We are everyday women, with everyday dreams. The idea of the nuclear family is the ‘norm’ in Australia. So some of us long to have our nuclear family. We may have one child, but we’d like to provide our child with a sibling. Yet, we have been robbed of fulfilling our dreams by medical circumstances.
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