Being single is a disability, says the World Health Organisation

People without partners can be considered disabled and infertile, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO)

In this day in age, being single should be a choice and you should not have to feel guilty about it. Being an adult means you can make your own decisions and if being in a noncommittal relationship works for you, then why not?

But the WHO seems to disagree. According to Telegraph, the World Health Organisation has extended its definition of disabilities to classify those without partners as infertile.

The rationale behind the classification is to ensure that in vitro fertilisation treatments (IVF) to have children are available to heterosexual single men and women, as well as gays and lesbians. This will in turn ensure that there is a level of fairness and equal opportunities for those in need of funding for the treatment, making it available to all.

According to WHO’s current classification, if after 12 months or more of being in a sexual relationship, you still don’t have a child or children, then you are considered to be infertile or unable to reproduce, The Inquisitor reported.

Josephine Quintavalle, a pro-life activist and director of Comment on Reproductive Ethics ridiculed this notion. Speaking to the Telegraph he said: “This absurd nonsense is not simply re-defining infertility but completely side-lining the biological process and significance of natural intercourse between a man and a woman.”

Speaking on behalf of WHO, Doctor David Adamson, one of the authors of the new standards, explained that the new definition is about creating medical equality. “The definition of infertility is now written in such a way that it includes the rights of all individuals to have a family, and that includes single men, single women, gay men, gay women,” he said.

Dr Adamson adds that the new definition is to ensure that whether you have a partner or not, you are still able to reproduce. “It puts a stake in the ground and says an individual’s got a right to reproduce whether or not they have a partner.”

“It fundamentally alters who should be included in this group and who should have access to healthcare. It sets an international legal standard. Countries are bound by it.”

The American Disabilities Act states that a person who is disabled is one with “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment”.

Though the new definition hasn’t been finalised, it has raised concerns and caused an uproar. The effects of it are yet to be seen.