By Chance NotMoms: Would you have benefited from government assistance with the cost of fertility treatments? If so, you need to be a resident of Jaipur, the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Rajasthan to get it.
The state government there is helping childless couples with funding earmarked for fertility treatments in the 2012-13 budget. No surrogates or donor egg/sperm, though. Assistance is only available for DIY pregnancies.
The Times of India listed some of the approved conditions, such as:
“Fallopian tubes [that] have been damaged following genital tuberculosis or after failed re-canalization post tubectomy. Also, in other medical conditions where ovulation is absent or irregular, and patients have failed to conceive after conventional or surgical method for a reasonable time period, the scheme may prove to be of help.”
I can’t think of a better place for such a program, considering that death-by-childlessness — suicide over the absence of a child — seems to occur with disturbing frequency across India.
Question: Not that it would happen anytime soon, but in America, would a federal program to help childless couples be assailed as an “entitlement”?