Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 Explanatory Notes

Section 53: Interpretation of references to father etc.

187.Section 53 provides for references to a child’s father in legislation and in other documents whenever passed or made to be read, in relevant cases, as references to a woman who is the child’s parent by virtue of the Act’s provision for parenthood in sections 42 and 43. Although some legislation is expressly amended by Schedule 6 to take account of the possibility that a child may have two female parents, this provision reduces the need for additional consequential amendments.

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