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Clinics may not have to consider child's “need for a father” when offering IVF

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 20 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:170
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The government is poised for a rethink of the law on in vitro fertilisation (IVF), which is expected to abolish the requirement of clinics to consider a child's “need for a father” when deciding who to treat.

    The change would give lesbians and single mothers the same access to infertility services as mothers with male partners.

    The present law governing licensed clinics, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, says that a woman may not be given treatment unless account has been taken of the welfare of the …

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