A mere 3 days ago a lively debate formed on this Riot thread regarding a couple suing their doctor for getting twins via IVF when they only wanted one child.
Well the story has been picked up by Canada.com and by Reuters Africa, in their Oddly Enough section no less. Not so odd is that the Herald Sun has linked this story to another about a same sex couple going to court over the biological father’s wish to have both mothers and both fathers (him and his male partner) listed as the child’s parents nor is it so odd that Tasmanian Liberal Senator Guy Barnett has called for, in this ABC article, the reintroduction of bans preventing same sex or single mothers from obtaining IVF services.
UPDATED – The Crimes now has this piece on the progress of the case in the ACT Supreme Court.
“Visiting judge Justice Annabelle Bennett has suppressed the identities of the twin girls, now aged three and living in Melbourne, and their mothers, to prevent the girls discovering in the future that their mothers wanted only one of them.”
…”urged both parties to settle the matter outside court to avoid being part of a landmark case.”
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UPDATE – The Herald Sun is now running this piece in which the couple:
issued a hand-written statement saying their test case exposed a double standard: that gay and lesbian couples should be grateful for having equal birth rights to heterosexual couples.
“If gratitude is a condition of these rights, then they are not full and genuinely equal,” the statement said.
For of course no hetero couple has ever been grateful for the chance to have kids…