You no longer need to have ever had sex to have a baby, thanks to science.
It’s now emerged that around 25 women have given birth in Britain, despite being virgins.
No miracles here though, the Mail on Sunday reports.
Instead £5,000 IVF treatment means heterosexual women do not need a man to make a baby.
The newspaper reports that at least 25 straight women have given birth in the last five years without ever having had sex.
Maha Ragunath, medical director at a Care Fertility clinic in Nottingham, said she has helped three virgins give birth.
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She told the Mail on Sunday: ‘When I ask them why they are coming for treatment, very often the response is that they are ready to have a child and they don’t want to wait around for the right partner to come along.
‘A small percentage have never been in a relationship and never had sexual intercourse.
‘They are extremely happy to go ahead on their own and don’t care about the implications that might bring for the child or how they would go into a new relationship.’
But not everyone agrees.
Josephine Quintavalle, from Comment on Reproductive Ethics, hit out, stating: ‘What is the child for these women? A teddy bear that they pick off the shelf?
‘The message from nature is for a male and female to have a child, and I am saddened that we are willing to distort this. The diminished role of the father is not desirable for the child.’
And the Bishop of Carlisle, James Newcome, said: ‘The ideal is that a child has a mother and a father who are married to each other. All the evidence shows that is the best context for a child.’
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