National Post – Canada 27 Sep 06
“I believe children have the right to a mother and a father, and preferably their biological parents.” These words — I agree with them, and so do the UN Conventions of the Child — were once the equivalent of saying you believed in peace on Earth and goodwill toward men. But in postmodern societies obsessed with gender equity, as ours has been for the past quarter-century, “mother and father” and “biological parents” have become politically incorrect locutions when joined to “children’s rights.”
In her report, released Monday across North America and Europe, Marquardt details the ripple effect from emerging reproductive technologies and gender-neutral redefinitions of parenthood. Her research revolved around the question of “Who is parenthood for — adults or children?” She cites troubling global evidence that adults’ rights are privileged over children’s. Among many diverse examples: In New Zealand and Australia, influential law commissions propose that children conceived through sperm or egg donation have three legal parents; in Quebec the female partner of a biological mother in a same-sex union is noted as the “father” on the birth certificate; judges in several states in the U.S. have seized on the notion of “psychological” parenthood to award legal parent status to adults (invariably women) not related to the child by blood, adoption or marriage.
Read more of this great Comment: http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/issuesideas/story.html?id=5279d94e-828c-4624-9a3b-ba27453672b5&k=89599&p=1