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U.K.: Rules Eased for Second Parent in IVF births

by Aidan Jones,  Guardian U.K.,  Mar 2, 2009

Lesbian couples and single women who have children through IVF will be able to name almost any adult as the second parent under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (HEFA) which becomes law in the U.K. on April 6, 2009.

Under present legislation, the husband in a married couple using IVF is automatically added to the birth certificate. HEFA will extend the same right to lesbian couples and allow single women undergoing IVF to nominate their child's other parent.

Propenents hails the change as an overdue recognition of changing family circumstances, while critics claim it will erode the traditional family unit and allow women who are determined to become mothers to choose random adults as parents.

A further clause in the new act, which seeks to tighten control over the use of human embryos, bans the selection of a child's sex for non-medical reasons.

You can read more about the new law here:


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