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Single Swedes set for insemination go-ahead

Single Swedes set for insemination go-ahead

Published: 28 Feb 2012 08:10 GMT+01:00
Updated: 28 Feb 2012 16:50 GMT+01:00

The Centre Party, Liberals (Folkpartiet) and the Moderates want single women to have access to artificial insemination treatment, and are proposing a change to current laws despite opposition from coalition partners the Christian Democrats.

"We are convinced that people's fitness to be parents is not determined by whether one lives in a committed relationship or not," prominent MPs from the three parties wrote in a opinion piece in Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) where they proposed a legislative change.

In April last year, the Christian Democrats voted against a similar proposed change, and all the other parties in the centre-right governing Alliance coalition also chose to vote no.

Sweden, which is considered a world leader in gender equality and minority rights, has allowed lesbian couples to undergo artificial insemination since 2005 and allows gay couples to adopt children.

But "Swedish law still differentiates between the possibility for couples and singles to become parents," the three parliamentarians wrote in Svenska Dagbladet, noting that many single Swedish women have chosen to travel abroad to undergo the procedure.

"We think there should not be a judicial differentiation between families made up of one or two parents the way it is done today," they wrote.

One of the article's co-authors, Kenneth Johansson of the Centre Party, issued a separate statement emphasizing the importance of new legislation.

"Many women are now living as single people, but with a great longing for children. I am convinced it is the ability to give the child love and care that is crucial to a secure childhood - not if you live in a committed relationship or not," he said.

Kristina Grandin, who went to Denmark for the insemination that led to the birth of her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, hailed the decision.

"The important thing is not that a child has a biological mother and father, but that children are surrounded by adults who take care of them and love them," she told Sveriges Radio (SR).

The Christian Democrats have not changed their opinion on the matter, however.

“We think this is a really bad idea. All children are entitled to their parents. What’s happening here is that they are creating a law that abolishes some children’s right to a parent,” said party leader Göran Hägglund to TT.

He said that the need for parental presence in all other areas is highlighted in society.

“We need more fathers in children's lives, not fewer,” he said.

“The fact that many parents separate cannot be compared to the case for single women to be allowed access to reproductive technology," Hägglund added.

“If the parents go their separate ways, then they both have a responsibility. In this case, the law is based on the fact the certain children won’t have a father.”

Although the Christian Democrats do not back the proposal, it is expected to win widespread support in parliament from the left-leaning opposition parties, which have made similar proposals in recent years.

TT/AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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09:29 February 28, 2012 by adshasta
So let's be straight up. A female can on purpose go out on the town and submit to one or more off the street.., get pregnant..., no Dad..., Get the picture. Now a responsible mother to be chooses to be artificially inseminated..., Which is likely to be the more responsible parent? Go figure......
10:00 February 28, 2012 by Central European
Well there were the Dark Ages , Middle Ages , Modern Ages and now we see the Insemination Ages.

Adshasta : responsible test tube ?
10:14 February 28, 2012 by HYBRED
"...allowed access to reproductive technology"

I volunteer my 'reproducive technology' and the single women won't be getting anything artificial.
12:01 February 28, 2012 by johnny1939
I must say that all the romance is going out of baby making. How ghastly to go and be inseminated. If the relationship does not work out at least the child has a father and not his/her origins in a test tube. Just my very personal feelings of course.
12:16 February 28, 2012 by calebian22
Anything to increase Sweden's local ethnic population is a good thing.
12:37 February 28, 2012 by adshasta
@calebian22.., I agree. @Central European.., My point is that there would be a responsible mother instead of an irresponsible mother trying to find the "cute little bastard's" Father.
12:46 February 28, 2012 by jamesblish
I've no patience whatsoever with christian democrats. But I sincerely hope that this and other decisions are made upon a solid foundation of FACTS, not what party leaders are "convinced" is true or not.
13:15 February 28, 2012 by robban70226
mmm I guest that since most of the young Swedes boys are gay now it is the only way to support the population :-)). Hard competition with the Somalian??
14:07 February 28, 2012 by Corvinus
Yeah, look how successful the Somalian reproductive system is. Aids and overpopulation for everyone, hooray! But anyway, I'm all for women having the option for this. As long as single men can adopt children or make use of egg donors. In addition none of this should be funded by the taxpayer....

It's bad enough paying for people's snot-nosed brats to go to school, let alone to pay for them to make the things as well. I don't see the state being willing to pay for MY hobbies or lifestyle choices...
14:19 February 28, 2012 by Central European
No racist,genetic, IQ , educations, occupation,skin coulour or gender oderliness in insemination test tubes !

Enough problem that all of ot comes from males :)

Random inseminations generator, take one or go :)
14:42 February 28, 2012 by millionmileman
No wonder it's so hard these days to find a date!
14:55 February 28, 2012 by Central European
millionmileman ... dates, relationships or love ? Who care nowadays for this ? University, managerismus till 38-39, short panic run for a baby with pippete, caesarean, pass baby to nany or nursery and back to the working processes as soon as possible.

And in age of 70 be completely alone retirement house .....
22:34 February 28, 2012 by jomamas
Denying the natural right of a child to have a father should be a serious crime.
23:32 February 28, 2012 by Rebel
Only problem is that there is a shortage of sperm donors as it is. This will make that more the case.
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