'Cruel and humiliating' police checks for IVF patients to be scrapped

Critics say system is discriminatory given similar checks are not imposed on those undergoing reverse vasectomies

The "humiliating" law that forces patients seeking IVF to undergo mandatory police checks for sex offences will be scrapped, under reforms being introduced by the Victorian Government.


More than 70,000 people have undergone criminal history and child protection order assessments since 2008, due to a law that says all couples and individuals must be checked before receiving assisted reproductive treatment.

Under the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008, treatments such as IVF can be denied to any woman or