The single status is about to receive the official stamp of disability from the World Health Organization.
According to Telegraph, the World Health Organization is seeking to change its definition of disabilities to classify people without a sexual partner as ‘infertile.’
It is certainly a controversial move but the World Health Organization is not trying to suggest that something is wrong with a single status, the classification of being single as a disability, is actually an attempt to help those who want babies but may not be engaged in traditional relationships.
Basically, the new classification of a single status as a disability would allow heterosexual single men and women, as well as gay men and women who are seeking in vitro fertilization (IVF) to have a child, to receive the same priority as couples. Currently, the cost of IVF is quite high and the public funds on ground are mostly accessible to traditional couples.
By extending the definition of a disability to include social conditions, the World Health Organisation is hoping to level the playing field but the move has angered some who consider it an overreach by the medical organization that sets global standards.
Dr. David Adamson, one of the authors of the new standards, explains how the move is really 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.”
“It puts a stake in the ground and says an individual’s got a right to reproduce whether or not they have a partner.”
Dr. Adamson adds that the new classification would be especially helpful in countries with government provided health-care and public funding for IVF procedures, insisting that it will affect greatly the way countries give access to these funds he states;
“It fundamentally alters who should be included in this group and who should have access to health-care. It sets an international legal standard. Countries are bound by it.”
Although, the World Health Organization is yet to make the new terms and classifications official, it seems to be ready to move on it. So how do you feel about a single status equalling disability?
In my opinion though, honestly, “being disabled” does not have the same ring to it as “being single.”