Channelling the messiness of diverse family lives: resisting the calls to order and de-centring the hetero-normative family

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The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (HFEA 2008) amended the parenthood provisions in order to achieve a level of consistency between same-sex and heterosexual parents who rely on reproductive technologies to achieve parenthood and to eradicate discrimination.1 To that end, the legislation now allows for a lesbian couple to be registered as the child's parents if certain conditions are met. Academic debates on the significance of the amending legislation have begun.2

Keywords: parenthood provisions; reproductive technologies; same-sex couples

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Law, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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