Being Single Is a Disability, Says World Health Organization


By Victor Trammell

Being single can be an emotional barrier because of everyone’s need for solid companionship on a regular basis.

However, according to a new proclamation by the World Health Organization (WHO), being single is not only an emotional barrier. The WHO has boldly defined being single as a disability. Elizabeth De Faria, a contributor to an online news source called recently wrote an interesting article about the WHO’s controversial new claim about the biological obstacles of the single life.

“The World Health Organization wants to redefine the concept of infertility to include single and gay people on the same lists as couples that want to have children through in vitro fertilization and other methods,” De Faria wrote.

“The new concept would say that people that cannot find a partner with whom to a have a child will be considered disable so states have to help them to afford the treatment. Under the new term, infertility will no longer be considered as a medical condition but also a social state,” she continued.

Dr. David Adamson is one of the authors of the WHO’s revised definition of classifying being single as a disability. Dr. Adamson conducted an interview with the UK’s Telegraph newspaper where he broke down the WHO’s claim about classifying a personal lifestyle choice as a disability. He concluded:

“The definition of infertility is now written in such a way that it includes the rights of all individuals to have a family, and that includes single men, single women, gay men, gay women. It puts a stake in the ground and says an individual’s got a right to reproduce whether or not they have a partner. It’s a big change. It fundamentally alters who should be included in this group and who should have access to healthcare. It sets an international legal standard. Countries are bound by it.” (




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