Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Question Everything

For the sake of balance after two contraception-themed posts, I thought I'd do a post about children.

In the Guardian today Jon Henley questions whether a pair of twins really got married by mistake, and had to have their marriage annulled, as revealed by Lord Alton in a House of Lords debate on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill last December. He mentioned the story to support his argument in favour of all children having the right to know the identity of their biological parents - see this post. Obviously, I assumed the story to be true when I wrote that post, but perhaps I shouldn't assume that just because a peer in the House of Lords says that a judge told him something it must be true. Certainly, it is quite a coincidence, and Henley points out that Lord Alton is a "vehemently anti-abortion Roman Catholic", and that he later admitted that he heard about the case from a judge who was "familiar with the case", rather than the judge who dealt with the case. So, have we all been taken in? I don't know the answer, or whether we will ever know, but I guess I've learnt a lesson - question everything.

Nothwithstanding the above, the point of my previous post still stands: I believe that all children have a right to know the identity of their biological parents, irrespective of the circumstances surrounding their conception/birth/early life.

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