More women are choosing to have babies without losing their virginity

Sep 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET

According to four major British IVF clinics, at least 25 births over the past five years were to mothers who had never had sexual intercourse.

The women had varying reasons for skipping the more traditional method of falling pregnant — some had not met their ideal partner but were ready for parenthood while others admitted to a fear of sex. They reportedly paid around £5,000 for the IVF procedure, since it is not covered by the NHS under these circumstances.

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Conservative and religious groups have voiced their outrage, claiming that the babies would suffer as a result. The Bishop of Carlisle even went so far as to say that such trends could damage society.

“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. Once you start down this route, where do you stop?" said Josephine Quintavalle, of the group Comment on Reproductive Ethics.

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If a woman chooses to pay for and undergo IVF it is nobody's business but her own. In fact if a woman is brave enough to take on parenthood solo she should be supported.

Positive role models and relationship stability are not qualities limited to families who conceived their babies between the sheets. There are plenty of brilliant single parents and blended families to prove that much.

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