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Porn in IVF units criticised

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Trusts have been criticised for supplying pornography in IVF facilities.

The think tank 2020health.org said the use of porn to help men produce sperm samples promoted “adultery of the mind”.

It surveyed 93 trusts that provide fertility services, of which 33 offer pornography in their IVF clinics.

Fifteen trusts got the material free of charge, as donations from patients or publishers, while 18 paid for material, which included DVDs and magazines.

These 18 trusts spent up to £100 each a year on porn, with the average spend on magazines being £21.32 per trust per year and a similar amount for DVDs.

All trusts used magazines and six clinics provided DVDs. Fifteen trusts purchased material from newsagents.

The cost of DVD equipment was generally not reported. However, one body - Royal Liverpool Women’s Foundation Trust - spent £7,350 on a media suite for its clinic for the viewing of pornography, the study claimed.

The think tank estimates the NHS spends £700 a year on porn, excluding the cost of viewing equipment.

Its director, Julia Manning, the report’s author, said two-thirds of NHS trusts surveyed did not supply porn, showing there was no genuine need for it.

“[A total of] 77% of the NHS workforce is female and they should never have to work in an environment that endorses pornography.

“That no-one allowed the demeaning impact on female staff to override any spurious claim that this material was necessary is an indictment of the managers of those fertility clinics.

“The public sector workplace should be a leading and inspiring example of a safe and healthy environment, which elevates the dignity and respect of both men and women. The presence of pornography compromises this.”

Ms Manning said NHS bosses were effectively telling men they they “should sexually objectify an unknown woman while producing a specimen, rather than think of a partner.”

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  • Dear oh dear oh dear, has this think tank nothing better to do, I hope it's not publically funded, if so could be earmarked for savings!

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  • Has anyone noticed that 77% of the people IN pornographic material are women? I'm sure the academics at David Moore's are even now putting down their cans of Dandelion & Burdoch to free up their hands to do some -ahem- research.

    Ms Manning really needs to rethink her remarks there, does she suggest that men take their partner in to help (many hands make light work etc) or perhaps that the donor takes in some images of their partner (who would check that is the case?)

    I'm sure Ms Manning never intended to have her comments taken in such a way, and I'm sure that all Trusts will have carried out an Equality Impact Assessment to ensure that everyone's sensitivities are protected.

    Presumably Ms Manning is also manning the ramparts over any aspect of sexual practices in the public eye.

    A massive 300+ word story here proving once again through the NT journalists that sex sells.

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  • Adultery of the mind? Have they gone mad? Since when has thought been a crime?

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  • Well said above anon - does anyone remember the good old days when we used to turn the taps on to help people give a urine sample - guess water meters mean that's not allowed now either.

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  • Has Ms Manning ever been to a fertility clinic? Having been in the unfortunate position of having to attend a fertility clinic for treatment I feel that she does not have a clue what she is talking about.

    The pornography available is in a private room and is an aid to help men produce a sample. The last thing on a couples mind when the man enters that room is a feeling that he should be thinking of his partner and not the woman on the page/screen. They have other things on their minds like worry that the process will not work or his sperm will not be good enough etc.

    The clinics where they do not supply helpful material the men probably take it in with them. At least the places that do supply the material are helping men who may be too shy or embarassed to go and take a magazine off the top shelf. Yes these men do exist.

    I do not think that any female staff who work in a fertility clinic would find it demeaning that there is a magazine rack in a private room with pornography in it.

    Most fertility clinics employ female staff. By the pure nature of the environment they are working in they are aware that men are giving samples either by their partners giving them a "helping hand" or by them looking at porn.

    Maybe Ms Manning should talk to people who work and who have had to attend such clinics before making such crazy comments.

    Adultry of the mind??? where the hell did that come from?

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  • Anonymous | 9-Sep-2010 1:22 pm

    The bible!

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  • My husand was in the unfortunate position having to practically "sterilise" himself before he could get to the task "in hand", there was no such material available and partners/wives were not allowed into these cubicles. it was a miracle he managed to provide his sample at all - such material would have greatly helped. Adultery of the mind, is that not what fantasies are?

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  • Isn't fertility and obstetrics a speciality entirely based upon sexual activity?

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  • How far do we go here people? Pornography incorporates not just graphic sexual images of women, but children and sex with animals. Years ago pornography was publicly scorned upon not just for it's anti religious conotations but it was viewed as invasive to marriages and relationships. It is also highly addictive, hence as with all things which potentially can produce addicts the government (which ever one you like) usually won't take the stand or responsibility to say no to things which the public want, so therefore submit to demand regardless of it's harmful potential. Just look at the moral decline in our society due to allowing whatever the public want. We live in a demand supply society, which is not always good for our society. That's why we have a government to govern, but they tend to put the onis on the people so they don't then have to take resposibility for the rot which is subtly permeates our society, or our IVF clinics. We have to draw the line somewhere and say no!

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  • I agree with anonymous above. If the majority of clinics can achieve the same result without pornographic material how is it's use justified. GET REAL .... Money spent on this material is actively promoting the pornographic industry which does include images and acts of sexual violence towards women and children and often falls into the hands of young boys. Yes, women are the main players in porn, and a substantail amount of women are also viewers, but lets be honest porn is humiliating and undignified and portrays women as 24/7 nymphomaniacs. Is this how you want us represented? I certainly don't.
    I'm sure there is a more dignified way to helping men through this difficult task.

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