Zenit.org 30 Sep 06
Family structures and parenthood roles are being redefined without sufficient consideration for the needs of children. This is the warning of a report just published that describes worldwide trends in family law and reproductive technology.
“The Revolution in Parenthood: The Emerging Global Clash Between Adult Rights and Children’s Needs” is published by the Commission on Parenthood’s Future. The commission “is an independent, nonpartisan group of scholars and leaders,” active in the area of the family, according to a press release on the Web site of the Institute for American Values. The New York-based institute is one of the organizations behind the commission.
The report finds that worldwide trends in law and reproductive technologies are redefining parenthood in ways that put the interests of adults before the needs of children. “The two-person mother-father model of parenthood,” it states, “is being changed to meet adults’ rights to children rather than children’s needs to know and be raised, whenever possible, by their mother and father.”
— In New Zealand and Australia, law commissions have proposed allowing children conceived with use of sperm or egg donors to have three legal parents. The proposals fail to address what would happen if the three parents break up and feud over the child.