The newly energized Conservative Party of Great Britain which recently won may local elections is pursuing a campaign to come across as dfender of tratitional values. Its leader, David Cameron, supports legislation which would bar lesbian couples from access to IVF treatment unless they agree a father figure would be inolved in the upbringing of their child. Andrew Lansley, the Conservative shadow health authority, is seeking legislation which insists a “male role model” is necessary in a family and he called for changes in the human fertilization and embryology bill which only calls for “supportive parenting.” The new Labor bill would amend the current legislation passed in 1990 that requires the need for a father in family life.
Lansley told MPs, “The reference to the need for a father should be recast to the ‘need for supportive parenting and a father or male role model.’ This is not to discriminate against same-sex couples or single parents, but to ensure that the responsibility to a child is discharged.”
Inherent in this view of marriage and child-rearing is the belief a man and a woman best guarantee that children have a supportive home life. Perhaps, those who share this belief might actually check current family situations in which about half of marriages end in divorce and a high percent of children grow up with a single parent. Increasgingly in modern life, men are single parenting children which means many children do not have a female in their lives. Children need a loving parent or loving parents, but in eithr case they can be raised in a supportive home provided there is love.