BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service) was founded in 1968 and has a long history of protecting and extending women’s reproductive rights and choices.
Their political and advocacy work has given a much need voice to women providing them with evidence based information on the comprehensive range of reproductive healthcare services available.
Experts in their specialist area of healthcare BPAS have helped shape clinical and service standards with the medical colleges such as the Royal College of Obstetricians Gynaecologists or the Department of Health.
The way people access to NHS funded fertility treatment has been a problem for many years. The “IVF postcode lottery” has put restrictions on people qualifying for IVF treatment due to no fault of their own resulting in them being refused the 3 fully funded cycles that are recommended under the NICE guidelines.
Not withstanding the emotional and physical toll those who want a child but require assistance conceiving with no other option but to privately fund their own care. This can be extremely expensive.
BPAS sees many parallels between today’s fertility services and the way in which abortion care developed in this country when the law was changed in 1967: women were frequently unable to access NHS-funded treatment and were forced to seek the help of private providers, often at extortionate prices.
Established more than 50 years ago to provide women with a not-for-profit, high-quality alternative in the absence of NHS-funded services, while simultaneously campaigning for the right of all women to access funded care. Today, abortion services are an accepted part of NHS-funded women’s reproductive healthcare and standards across the sector are extremely high. Our advocacy and campaigning ensures it stays that way.
BPAS aim to take the same approach to fertility services
BPAS believes that all those who are clinically eligible should be able to access the 3 funded cycles recommended by NICE and they and we will campaign to achieve this.
They recently undertook some research into the extent of the IVF postcode lottery in England, and you can read our full report here. But if people do need to self-fund their treatment, they should be able to access high quality, evidence-based fertility care at not-for-profit prices.
For people needing IVF to start or extend their family BPAS intend to only charge what it costs to provide a safe, high-quality and accessible service to patients who may be unable to access NHS funded care.
For thousands of people now faced with the option of having to self fund their fertility treatment, BPAS fertility look set to be able to offer support, hope and treatment at a fairy cost.