MELBOURNE, August 6, 2004 ( – Lesbian and single women in the southern Australian state of Victoria will soon have access to sperm donations for the purposes of self-insemination. Until now, artificial insemination was available to infertile heterosexual couples only. A Federal Court ruled that limiting the practice to heterosexual couples breached the Federal Sex Discrimination Act, leading to a change in the law in 2000.

Infertility Treatment Authority chief executive Helen Szoke told Australia’s The Age news that the required diagnosis of infertility remains.  However, according to recently implemented guidelines, single and lesbian women can now be categorized as “socially infertile”—denoting their unwillingness to have sexual relations with a man.  Read the related report:  Australian Authorities Approve Scheme to invite Canadians for “Sperm Donor” Holidays   tv