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"These women are not trying to attack or undermine fatherhood.What they are doing is pro-child, not anti-dad," insists Louise, as if this couldn't possibly be a contradiction in terms."People have accused me of being selfish, that I bought a baby as an accessory in much the same way I might buy an expensive handbag, but nothing could be further from the truth. I got pregnant in my early 40s, so I had a lot of time to think about it very carefully. What is so selfish about caring for and loving another human being for the next 18 years, if not for life?I would hate someone to read my book and decide to have a baby as a lifestyle choice."As a statement it seems disingenuous to say the least, given the tenor of her book.
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith described the Bill as "the last nail in the coffin for traditional family life" and another blow for fatherhood.
Who needs them when educated single women can go shopping for a sperm donor, comparing their profiles online?
Even Louise admits that almost all the women she interviewed - although representative in terms of ethnicity - were largely middle class, collegeeducated, held down white-collar jobs, and were financially independent.
Under the existing 17-year-old fertility law, clinics must consider the welfare of the parent and child - including the need for a father - when deciding whether to give treatment.
Removing that clause, gay rights campaigners argue, will merely remove discrimination against lesbian couples who want to have a baby together and jointly become the legal parents of that child: but where does that leave fathers?