Tuesday, 1 July 2014

"Produced" Children Have Right to Know Their Origins (!!!)

The Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan (pictured), has recommended that children produced via egg and sperm donation and/or surrogacy be given the right to know their origins.

The recommendations is one of a number contained in a response to the Government’s proposed Children and Family Relationships Bill. However, in other respects the report from Ombudsman takes the same permissive approach to Assisted Human Reproduction as the General Scheme of the Bill itself.

With respect to the right of a donor-conceived child and/or a child born of a surrogate mother, the Ombudsman recommends: “The General Scheme should be amended to provide for the gathering, retention and disclosure of information to people born through assisted reproduction and surrogacy regarding their birth and origins.”

The Ombudsman supports so-called ‘altruistic’ surrogacy but is opposed to commercial surrogacy. However, while it believes that criminal sanctions should exist to discourage commercial surrogacy, it soften this by recommending: “The General Scheme should also provide for the legal consequences that arise for children born as a result of such arrangements; however, the Ombudsman for Children’s Office does not believe that declarations of parentage should be denied where this would leave the child born as a result of a commercial surrogacy arrangement in a vulnerable legal position.”

The report of the Ombudsman only mentions marriage in passing and does not uphold the right of a child to be raised by a mother and a father whenever possible.

Also, while it believes that children have a right to know their origins, it does not believe they have a right to be raised by those parents as a matter of principle and whenever possible.

The Children and Family Relationships Bill is intended to create parenting rights for those who use Assisted Human Reproduction techniques to have children. It also provides for adoption by same-sex couples.

Legal parenting rights in respect of Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) are to be given to single men and women, cohabiting couples and same-sex couples. Marriage is given no special place in the General Scheme of the Bill despite the Constitution.

In Germany, only married couples can access AHR services. Surrogacy of every kind is banned as is egg donation.

Article from the Iona Institute

PM David Cameron Boasts About Redefining Marriage

Has the Prime Minister got nothing better to do? Is he bored or something? Is it just me, or is it a little strange that he seems so preoccupied with what? 1.5% of the country's population?

From Coalition4Marriage:

David Cameron has trumpeted his Government’s ‘huge, historic’ redefinition of marriage. His most recent video message, filmed to mark Pride in London, is a slap in the face to ordinary people who sincerely believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. Our rights will be infringed.

If you want to see our Prime Minister at his most passionate – boasting of redefining marriage, and his willingness to use taxpayers' hard-earned money to promote same-sex marriage abroad – watch this.

Civil liberty not protected

David Cameron has brushed off concerns that people will be damaged in their careers, businesses or in their dealings with the public sector because of their support for traditional marriage.
The Coalition for Marriage has heard of a case where adoption proceedings were halted merely because of a couple's belief in traditional marriage. Although legal intervention eventually helped to resolve the issue, the need for clearer civil liberty protections is obvious.
When it comes to same-sex marriage, the Prime Minister has strongly opposed conscience rights for public employees or the self-employed.
But even the Deputy President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale, now questions the laws which go further than required by the EU. She has argued that Parliament should look at a reasonable accommodation law. This could better protect owners of B & Bs, wedding planners, florists, or wedding-cake bakers who conscientiously object to same-sex marriage. The Government opposes this idea which works well in many other countries.

Contact your MP today

Please email your MP.

Use your own words
Say the Government is ignoring people like you who believe in traditional marriage.
If you voted Conservative at the last election, say so.
Use two or three points below in your own words.
Ask your MP to:

  • Tell the Prime Minister that rather than promoting gay marriage around the world, he should do more to protect the rights of those who disagree with his legislation. 
  • Press the Government for a reasonable accommodation law, like that proposed by Lady Hale from the Supreme Court. 
  • Accept there are real concerns that people who support traditional marriage will be damaged in their careers. What about their rights? 
  • Tell David Cameron he should protect married couples who want to foster or adopt children. They shouldn’t be required to back gay marriage as part of the interview process. 
  • Press for changes in legislation so that self-employed people who believe in traditional marriage should no longer be fined and punished because of their beliefs.