As the world’s first IVF baby turns 40, it’s time to make fertility treatment more widely available in the UK and abroad

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the first IVF birth. Louise Brown, born in Oldham General Hospital in 1978, was heralded by the world’s press as a British medical marvel and a beacon of hope for people with fertility problems. Forty years later, IVF has unquestionably transformed the lives of millions of men and women, giving them the children they so deeply desired. But, despite its evident positives, IVF also hides a dirty secret: its benefits remain largely limited to those who can afford them.

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