June marks World Infertility Awareness Month, and Nickie Aiken, Member of Parliament for the Cities of London & Westminster, spoke out in the House of Commons to raise the importance of supporting people dealing with fertility issues, and raise awareness around the month.
Speaking in the Commons, Nickie said,
"New research shows that the UK’s birth rate is continuing to fall. At the same time, Fertility Network UK suggests that 3.5 million people are struggling with fertility, which is why I have launched my fertility workplace pledge to encourage employers to have a more progressive policy when it comes to fertility. Will my right hon. Friend consider giving Government time for a debate on fertility issues, particularly as we mark World Infertility Awareness Month this month?"
Leader of the House of Commons, Penny Mordaunt MP, replied,
"Again, I thank my hon. Friend for the work she is doing for her constituents and, more widely, to raise awareness of this important matter. She makes an excellent suggestion for a debate. Of course, it is not just about healthcare; it is also about things like housing policy. One reason why people are delaying having children is because they are trying to get on the property ladder beforehand. I will make sure the relevant Minister has heard her remarks, and I congratulate her on the work she is doing."