Thursday, January 22, 2004

From blog correspondent Lee Penn
In vitro programme declares fathers redundant
Lee Penn: Money quote:

Suzi Leather, chairman of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), said the law should be changed to remove the clause requiring doctors who assess infertile women to take account of the 'need of the child for a father' before offering treatment.

It would give the green light to single women and lesbians to seek treatment on equal terms with heterosexual couples. But the downgrading of the father's role in child rearing is likely to be portrayed as an attack on the traditional family. In an interview with
The Independent, Ms Leather described the clause that mentions fathers as 'anachronistic' and 'a bit of a nonsense'. It was out of step with other changes in society and with government policy, she said.

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