MPs vote against need for father and reducing abortion time limit
Single women and lesbian couples won ground-breaking parental rights yesterday as MPs voted to scrap laws making clinics consider the need for a ‘father and mother’ before allowing to opt for IVF treatment.
Instead, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill will change to a ‘need for supportive parenting’.
Current laws dictates that IVF clinics must consider the ‘welfare’ of any child created, taking into account the need for a father.
However, now the government has voted for the focus to be on ‘supportive parenting’. MPs also voted against the need for a ‘father or a male role model’ before fertility treatment.
MPs have also voted against proposals to reduce the abortion time limit, meaning it will remain at 24 weeks.
In a series of votes, the government rejected options ranging from 12 to 22 weeks.
One Tory MP, Nadine Dorries, proposed a 20-week limit, saying a baby’s rights should be considered at the point it had the ‘chance of life’.
However pro-choice campaigners claimed there was no evidence of an improval in survival rates.