According to a 2012 survey conducted by the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, there has been a 14 percent increase in the number of babies born through IVF to lesbian parents in the UK since 2003.
In 2003, 77 women were recorded as going through IVF with a female partner, resulting in 25 babies. Ten years later, the number has risen to nearly 1,000, with 348 successful births.
In 2008, the law removed the obligations for IVF clinics to consider the need for a father figure to the potential child, making it easier for lesbian women to have children.
Fertility treatment has also been made much cheaper as it was declared in 2013 that women proven infertility in same-sex relationships could access the state-funded fertility treatment.
“We think it’s fantastic that even more children are being conceived in safe and supportive environments, and into loving families, since the ban on lesbians using fertility clinics was lifted,” a spokesman for the gay rights charity Stonewall said.
Not all agree.
Dr. Trevor Stammers, trustee of the Family Education Trust said, “The largest recent increase in children born to mothers with a same-sex partner at the time of the birth is concerning, in the light of a number of recent research studies which have shown – for example – a four-fold increase in emotional problems in children of same-sex parents, compared with children raised by both their biological parents.”