An April 6th post at Lesbilicious explores the U.K.’s new Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. Milly Shaw spoke to three lesbian families to find out how it might affect them.
Fertility clinics must now take into account ‘the welfare of the child’ when providing treatment, rather than ‘the need for a father’. The new legislation is considered a major victory for gay rights.
Lesbian couples who have children through IVF will be able to name their partner as the second parent, under the law. The Act will extend the same right to lesbian couples undertaking fertility treatment, while single women will also be allowed to nominate their child’s other parent.