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The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 and non‐traditional families

Horsey, Kirsty, Jackson, Emily (2023) The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 and non‐traditional families. The Modern Law Review, . ISSN 0026-7961. (KAR id:101339)


There is now a broad consensus that reform of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, as amended, has become necessary. Our focus in this legislation article is not on whether the Act needs to be reformed, but on the narrower question of whether the regulation of fertility treatment in the UK does enough to protect the interests of non‐traditional families. The 2008 reforms to the original 1990 Act took some important steps towards inclusivity, for example by deleting the requirement that clinics consider the child's ‘need for a father’ before providing treatment, and enabling two women to be a child's legal parents from birth. Our contention here is that any new legislation should go further in order to recognise and accommodate diverse family forms.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Kirsty Horsey
Date Deposited: 19 May 2023 15:28 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2023 15:07 UTC
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