A campaign started by a group of women who are calling for changes in IVF legislation to give stepmothers across the country access to NHS IVF treatment is gathering steam
Two groups calling themselves the Stepmother Collective and @UKStepmum have started a petition to get the law changed and have already garnered nearly 16,000 signatures posted on Change.org
The story of Sarah Barr was first published by Lincolnshire Radio FM and told of her disappointment at not qualifying for IVF treatment due to her partner already having a child.
Her partner has a daughter from a previous relationship and the pair have been unable to conceive after several years of trying.
She said in an interview with the Planet Radio station: “I’ve done absolutely nothing wrong. If anything, I’ve sacrificed a lot of my life to help support my partner in partially raising his child with him and her mum and stepdad.
“I’m already being betrayed by my own body, why should I be betrayed by the local CCGs that are basically enforcing this?
“It’s almost like you are grieving for a child you’ve not yet had.
“I’m not having that opportunity to be able to be a mum and it is a craving that you have, that heartache and the longing to have a baby.”
Sarah’s story has gone viral and now national magazines, Closer and Bella have backed the campaign.
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