There was disappointment in the Upper House of Victoria's Parliament as the votes were counted last week. The Lower House gave the Government's Assisted Reproductive Treatment Bill the final tick of approval.
Lesbian couples and single women will soon be able to have babies using IVF treatment in Victoria, but some women and doctors say the new laws themselves are discriminatory because they include mandatory criminal background checks for prospective mothers.
There is a condition in the new laws which is proving controversial - mandatory criminal background checks. The medical director of Ballarat IVF, Dr Russell Dalton, says that will delay fertility treatment in some urgent cases.
The idea of mandatory criminal background checks is a great idea. There is a growing fear in the community that should lesbian or homosexual couples manage to have children they could be put at risk of violence and abuse.
Recently it has been reported in the media that homosexuals are about 50% more likely to suffer from depression and engage in substance abuse than the rest of the population.
Extensive research indicates that suicide, molestation, and violence are factors found to be disproportionately high in the homosexual subgroup.
I think it is a bad idea to allow people who suffer from a same sex attraction to raise children. At the very least insist on a criminal background check to make sure they have not been involved in violence or substance abuse.