Morrison pledges $53 million package for pregnancy care

Prime Minister Scott Morrison used Mother’s Day to announce a $53 million campaign pledge to expectant Australian parents.

The plan includes a $14 million investment to help couples with IVF.

Reaching around 6,200 Australians, those with genetic conditions potentially passed on to their children can access subsidized IVF and store sperm for free.

If elected, the pledge will begin in November and will help those in need save approximately $600 through the program.

“I want to help thousands more Australians realize their dream of becoming parents,” said Morrison.

“For people battling cancer or contemplating the risk of genetic diseases, it’s already an uphill battle, and this new grant will give them more options when it comes to their aspirations to become parents.

“When these budding moms and dads need help the most, we’ll be there.”

Health Minister Greg Hunt added how the government will deliver on a promise to parents planning a pregnancy, with funding for use of information and services.

Around 13 million dollars will go towards cclinical pregnancy care, postnatal guidelines and assistance to those in need of maternity services in rural areas.

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