In their letter, sent on Friday 13 July, they highlight the proposal to remove the current reference in legislation to a child s need for a father, saying this means that prior to provision of fertility treatment, there will no longer be any requirement, nor guidance, to consider the child s need for a father. They claim the proposal in Part 3 of the proposed Bill constitutes a sweeping attempt to rewrite traditional concepts of parenthood and the family.
Cardinal O Brien and Archbishop Conti conclude; We believe that the state should not deny the child s need for a father nor ignore a wealth of social research findings upholding the notion that deliberately planning to have fatherless children is inimical to their long-term welfare.
Peter Kearney ?Director
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Notes to Editors:
1. The full text of the letter to Gordon Brown is shown below.
2. Link to Parliamentary Consultation - http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/jt/jtembryos.htm