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Parental Orders and identity registration: one country three systems

Blyth, Eric (2010) Parental Orders and identity registration: one country three systems. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 32 (4). pp. 345-352. ISSN 0964-9069

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Abstract

Under provisions of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, the UK government introduced the Parental Order as a means by which a couple who had commissioned a surrogate to conceive a child for them, and who met specified conditions, could legally assume parental responsibility for a child born following a surrogacy arrangement other than applying to adopt the child. From the outset, implementation of these provisions was problematic and - as a result of delegated powers to the UK's constituent nations - arrangements for the issue of new birth certificates following the issue of a Parental Order developed differentially throughout the UK. This paper outlines these developments and discusses continuing challenges as regards registration of births following a Parental Order and arrangements for ensuring that individuals subject to a surrogacy arrangement are able to learn the circumstances of their conception and access information regarding their biographical and genetic identity.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2011 12:51
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2011 12:51
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/9434

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