About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Sweden's Supreme Court Rules Against a Father Seeking to Renounce the Paternity of Twins

by Vishnuprasad on October 30, 2015 at 6:23 PM
Font : A-A+

Sweden's Supreme Court Rules Against a Father Seeking to Renounce the Paternity of Twins

Sweden's Supreme Court ruled Thursday against a father seeking to renounce the paternity of twins born through in-vitro fertilization (IVF) because he had only agreed to having one child.

The man's wife had asked the IVF clinic to implant two embryos, fertilized with donated sperm and eggs, in her uterus instead of the one embryo she and her husband had agreed upon.

Advertisement

The husband had signed paperwork agreeing to the IVF procedure to implant one embryo, but when his wife arrived at the clinic to undergo the procedure she lied and said she and her husband were in agreement on two embryos.

The woman gave birth to twins in December 2012. The couple are now divorced.

The man has explained that he did not want two children because of the extra work involved.
Advertisement

A Swedish district and appeals court previously rejected the now 58-year-old father's request to renounce his paternity.

The appeals court had argued that by agreeing to the procedure, the man had agreed to be a father to one or several children since the possibility of twins can never be entirely excluded.

The Supreme Court ruled along the same lines, underlining that all children have a right to two parents.

The man's "best interests in trying to avoid being a father to twins cannot in any way outweigh the children's best interests of having a father."

It also noted that even though the mother lied, the fact of implanting two embryos instead of one did not annul the man's agreement to the procedure.

Embryo transfers with both donated egg and sperm are not allowed in Sweden, so the couple had traveled to Latvia to undergo the procedure.

Source: AFP
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Top 10 Foods for Decreasing DHT Production and Preventing Hair Fall
Alarming Cesarean Section Trends in India - Convenience or Compulsion of Corporate Healthcare
Quiz on Low-Calorie Diet for Diabetes
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Multiple Pregnancy 

Most Popular on Medindia

Blood Donation - Recipients Selfie Addiction Calculator Drug Interaction Checker Drug Side Effects Calculator Drug - Food Interactions Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator Vent Forte (Theophylline) Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
open close
ASK A DOCTOR ONLINE

×

Sweden's Supreme Court Rules Against a Father Seeking to Renounce the Paternity of Twins Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests