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Highlifeman21
01-11-2008, 03:41 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080111/wl_uk_afp/britainchildrenadoptionmarriage


LONDON (AFP) - Twins who were separated at birth and adopted by different sets of parents later married each other without realising they were brother and sister, a peer has told the House of Lords.

David Alton, an independent, pro-life member of the Lords, said the brother and sister were granted an annulment after a high court judge ruled that the marriage had never validly existed.

The Catholic politician -- who discovered the case after talking to a judge -- used it to highlight perceived deficiencies in the government's proposed Human Embryology and Tissues Bill, which is currently going through parliament.

The bill is designed to make it easier for lesbian and gay couples to have children through assisted reproduction, recognising same-sex partners as legal parents of babies conceived through donated sperm, eggs or embryos.

But it contains no provision to require the identity of the donor to be disclosed, potentially meaning a child could not be told they were conceived by assisted reproduction.

Alton raised the case of the married twins -- who were born after IVF treatment -- during a debate on December 10, details of which only appeared on Friday.

"There are implications for everybody involved, but the needs of the child will always be paramount, and it is right that we should therefore make the process as transparent as possible," Alton told the Lords.

IVF -- which increases the chances of multiple births -- meant such cases could become more common if the law does not require children to be told they were donor conceived and have access to their genetic history, he said.

"The right of children to know the identity of their biological parents is a human right," he added Friday.

"There will be more cases like this if children are not given access to the truth. The needs of the child must always be paramount."

The identities of the twins and details of their relationship and marriage have been kept secret, but it was known they were separated soon after birth and never told they were twins.

They only discovered they were blood relatives after the wedding.


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Insert inbreeding joke(s) here.

NorrisHopper30
01-11-2008, 04:03 PM
Hahahhaa, wow this is great.

RichRed
01-11-2008, 04:17 PM
This raises the question: If British twins had kids together, how horrific would their teeth be?

Matt700wlw
01-11-2008, 05:08 PM
That would mess with your head.

Bip Roberts
01-11-2008, 05:09 PM
Wheres the vid?

dougdirt
01-11-2008, 06:02 PM
This raises the question: If British twins had kids together, how horrific would their teeth be?

British people have teeth?

sonny
01-14-2008, 03:23 AM
Sounds like a BBC sitcom:

Womb for Two
Twins seperated at birth reunite at the alter, with hilarious consequences!

Mario-Rijo
01-15-2008, 10:34 PM
I know people are going to hate to hear me say this, as it's a thought most people would hate to think about. But this topic has me thinking one thing........


With so much infidelity in the world, country, state, county, city....and the fact that so many women fear telling the guy that isn't the dad, that he isn't. The odds of this kind of thing happening are not as small as some would like to believe. Growing up I happened to know a few girls who were very promiscuos and with 2 or more of the same group of guys. The same guys who to this day are friends or live in the same general vicinity. What if Dad A's son meets (a pretty strong likelihood) & likes Dad B's daughter?

What if Dad A isn't a Dad at all and Dad B is........well you get my drift I think. What if Mom A is no longer living or not around or flat out is too fearful to say anything at this point (women will take that sort of stuff with them to their grave)???

Ouch!!! :eek:

Yachtzee
01-15-2008, 11:45 PM
I know people are going to hate to hear me say this, as it's a thought most people would hate to think about. But this topic has me thinking one thing........


With so much infidelity in the world, country, state, county, city....and the fact that so many women fear telling the guy that isn't the dad, that he isn't. The odds of this kind of thing happening are not as small as some would like to believe. Growing up I happened to know a few girls who were very promiscuos and with 2 or more of the same group of guys. The same guys who to this day are friends or live in the same general vicinity. What if Dad A's son meets (a pretty strong likelihood) & likes Dad B's daughter?

What if Dad A isn't a Dad at all and Dad B is........well you get my drift I think. What if Mom A is no longer living or not around or flat out is too fearful to say anything at this point (women will take that sort of stuff with them to their grave)???

Ouch!!! :eek:

Hopefully the mom was truthful on the kids' birth certificates. If not, then you might have a problem. I think the concern about privacy laws surrounding sperm donation is a valid one. The mother might not know the identity of the father and one donor could easily father many children. While this kind of scenario is a long shot, I think a much greater concern for children of sperm donors is that they should be able to discover the medical history of the donor in order to determine their predisposition to certain inherited medical conditions.