Buy a Lottery Ticket for a Chance to ‘Win a Baby’ in Britain

by | July 6, 2011 at 10:49 AM | General

Forget cash prizes. Starting this month across the pond, lottery winners will be awarded the gift of life.

The Telegraph reports that To Hatch, a British charity that offers fertility advice to couples with reproductive problems, has gotten approval from The Gambling Commission to sell £25 lottery tickets online and the payout is shocking—a luxury hotel stay, a mobile phone and a chauffeured ride to an IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) clinic for treatment. If IVF doesn’t take, winners will be offered donor eggs, reproductive surgery or even a surrogate, if needed.

Interested parties can log on, on July 30 for a chance to win the controversial IVF package totals about £25,000.

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The founder of To Hatch, Camille Strachan, believes her organization is doing the country’s people a service by offering “struggling couples a completely tailor made service” and easing “the burden on the NHS (National Health Service).”

According to The Telegraph, “around one couple in seven suffers from fertility problems, and 1 per cent of babies born every year in Britain were conceived via IVF.”

This lottery isn’t just for couples, though. If a single woman or man buys the winning ticket, they will be provided with donor sperm or a surrogate mother and donor embryo.

Just as Strachan has her reasons to support the idea, Josephine Quintavalle, of ethical dilemma group Comment on Reproductive Ethics, has her reasons for speaking out against it.

“This demeans the whole nature of human reproduction,” Quintavalle said. “Creation of human life should not be reduced to a public lottery. Instead of this, shouldn’t more be spent on research into fertility problems?”

The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA), another opponent of To Hatch’s lottery idea “is strongly of the view that using IVF as a ‘prize’ in a lottery is wrong and entirely inappropriate.”

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and there’s bound to be a lot of them, but for now, Stratchen is holding strong.

“If I didn’t think this was right, I wouldn’t have launched it,” she told The Belfast Telegraph.

It’s worth noting that the To Hatch website isn’t functioning properly and has posted this message: To Hatch is currently offline for site-wide maintenance, it will up and running shortly.

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