IVF Clarification: Last week we spoke about IVF, about an article in which one women said she felt she had an addiction.
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— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) June 22, 2018
Weekend Sunrise has apologised after viewers complained about a panel discussion over a Daily Telegraph article which likened IVF to a “gambling addiction.”
Viewers took to social media after the segment hosted by Monique Wright and Basil Zempilas asked whether there should be a limit of 9 or 10 times on in vitro fertilisation.
On Facebook, where a clip of show was posted, it received more than 2000 ‘angry’ reactions and negative comments, including one from Adelaide-based fertility clinic, Fertility SA which said “We think you got this one wrong Sunrise.”
Yesterday the show apologised.
“Some of the opinions upset some of our viewers and we want you to know that we heard you,” said Wright. “While it wasn’t anyone’s intent to cause distress in that segment, we did. And for that I want to personally apologise, especially to have impacted in a negative way who is at or has been at one of the most vulnerable times trying to have a baby.”
She acknowledged it was in parts “unintentionally insensitive” while Zempilas said he empathised with couples unable to have children.
Weekend Sunrise then spoke to an IVF specialist who said most women would not say they were “addicted” to treatment.
“Every woman, every couple goes through IVF in their own way,” she said.