Catholic church criticises ‘IVF raffle prize’ event in Edinburgh

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Organisers of an event which allows couples to bid for IVF treatment has been criticised.

The competition allows couples to enter a lottery for a round of IVF for an entry fee of £8 at an event in the Capital.

Organiser Juliet Le Page, from Scottish organisation Fertility Focus, admitted fliers and posters from the event were being removed.

But she said critics of the September 30 event, showed “another side of the intolerance we seem to be breeding in society these days.”

She added: “I’m not shocked, it’s just very sad.”

A spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland, said the “raffle prize” was “the latest degradation of the sanctity and dignity of human life.”

“We have already commodified the process of creating life,” he added.

One in seven couples suffers from fertility problems at some point in their lives.

The NHS has long waiting times and private treatment can cost around £3,000 an attempt.