Tuesday, 4 December 2007
Irony or Hypocrisy ? Insanity or Moral Blackmail ?
The Archbishop of Birmingham, UK, has spoken out against the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, presently before parliament. Speaking at the annual civic Mass in the city's St Chad's Cathedral, Archbishop Vincent Nichols said that allowing two women to register as a child's parents would create a fictional parenthood. Mr Steven McCabe, Labour MP for Birmingham, Hall Green, attacked the archbishop, saying that his comments were ill-informed.
Then one can look at today's newspapers and discover that Andy Barthie, 37, a fireman from Enfield, N. London - who donated his sperm to a Lesbian couple- Sharon & Terri Arnold - on the proviso that he had no personal or financial involvement with the child - is being forced to pay child maintenance by the CSA !!!
he is now having his pay docked to pay thousands of pounds in child maintenance even though he has no legal rights over the boy and girl the couple had. He says the payments mean he and his wife cannot afford to have children of their own.
Mr Bathie, from Enfield, said: "These women wanted to be parents and take on all the responsibilities that brings. I would never have agreed to this unless they had been living as a committed family. And now I can't afford to have children with my own wife - it's crippling me financially."
He is now bringing an unprecedented legal challenge so that he is not recognised as a legal parent to the children.
Mr Bathie was approached by the couple five years ago after they were "married" in a ceremony. They had unsuccessfully asked other male friends.
He said: "I did look into the legal side and understood that as a couple they would be the parents, not me. I was never Daddy."
He was stunned when the Child Support Agency contacted him last November to demand payments because the women had split up.
Officials made him take a £400 paternity test and began docking his pay.
Mr Bathie added: "The only reason these children are here is because they wanted children as a couple which means they should take responsibility. The CSA admit that mine is an unusual case - this is double standards and I'm having money stolen by the Government."
At the time of the donation, Mr Bathie was in a relationship with a woman who had been sterilised and was not planning to have children. He has since married someone else.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is now warning "DIY" donors they are liable financially unless they donate through a licensed clinic. The HFEA said: "We would warn men providing genetic material that the only time they are not the father is when they donate through a licensed fertility clinic. This does not apply to unlicensed websites or home insemination."
See the subtlety ? change the law to make lesbians the legal parents and this won't happen !
This incident is the mere tip of the iceberg and whole fiasco has to stop now - The government should intervene and suspend the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority until adequate laws are formulated by a group of informed ethicists from all spheres of the debate [not the crowd that produced the debacle of the warnock report] , judicially assessed and scrutinised then debated and deliberated upon through parliament - not some inane irrational populist quango - thus creating legislation that is rational , coherent and not responsible for the destruction of thousands of embryos every year.