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Born with Two Mothers

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 21 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:969
  1. Richard E Ashcroft, reader in biomedical ethics (
  1. department of primary care and social medicine, Imperial College, London

    Channel 4, 21 April at 9 pm

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    This remarkable drama told the fictional story of two couples who had tried for years without success to conceive through in vitro fertilisation. When one woman became pregnant it was discovered that the embryo that had been implanted had in fact been conceived with the other couple's gametes. A further complication was that the birth mother and her husband were white, while the genetic parents were black.

    The story began at the point where both couples were trying to conceive, took us through the pregnancy and the discovery that the wrong embryo had been implanted, and concluded with a family court hearing to determine whether the boy, then 10 months old, would continue to be raised by his birth mother or would be taken to live with his genetic parents.

    The couples were played by actors, but the doctors, lawyers, social workers, and the judge were all real life professionals acting as they would if this were a real case. …

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