10-year old Luce Knickers has today announced that she is suing the Government over their refusal to allow her IVF treatment.
Ms Knickers said,"it is terribly unfair and discriminatory. All my friends have babies and council houses and I have been trying for months to get pregnant and failing so I approached my local Primary Care Trust about getting IVF and they refused my reasonable request! I couldn't believe it! I got so angry I smashed one of my barbie dolls on the table. I am now taking legal action to fulfill my right to have a baby."
Legal representative Sue Themall said, "The new Inequalities Act 2010 guarantees no discrimination in the provision of goods and services on the grounds of age and yet the government has refused this reasonable request by my client for what is every woman's right - to have a baby. We shall take this all the way to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, if necessary."
Asked about how she would cope as a single mother when she was little more than a child herself, she added "No other single mother is asked questions like this. It is obvious from the way the Government gives loads of money to single mothers regardless of their capabilities or otherwise and no questions asked that you should not be asking me these questions as the Government is obviously encouraging women to do this. I know that if I stayed with the father, I would be worse off financially under the government rules so obviously I am just doing what the government wants - having babies indiscriminately for money with no thought to their future welfare."
A government spokeswoman said, "yes it's true - we are worried about paying for people living longer so we need as many women to have as many babies as possible - hence the way our benefits and tax credits system is structured - £70/week per child no limits and no questions asked."
We look forward to seeing the outcome of this ground-breaking case.