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BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 13 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:E392

A lively debate about whether or not parenthood is a right lights up the latest issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood (2005;90: 782-5). One writer wants to see more focus on parental responsibilities than parental rights, less on the right to have a child, and more on the needs and welfare of all children. The other side claims that since the experience of parenthood is central to individual identity in most societies, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights could be invoked.

People who have received kidneys from living donors are apparently reluctant to accept them before they have had a chance to talk to the donors. Their main concern is to establish for themselves that the donor genuinely wants to give the organ—because of the impact that the donation may have on the donor's health. Donors, on the other hand, make instant voluntary decisions about becoming donors, and don't regret doing so. Further findings of this interview study were to be presented at the annual conference of the British Sociological Association's Medical Sociology Group in September in York.

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