CA Bill Promotes Fatherless Children

Infertility Coverage for Lesbians
What About the Children?
Senate Appropriations Hearing Monday August 12

by William B. May

SAN FRANCISCO, August 7, 2013 --“Why should the state become complicit in creating more fatherless children when they are at a higher risk of needing state and local government services because they are at greater risk of delinquency, dropping out of high school, becoming involved with gangs, and ending up pregnant as teenagers. Why do this when we know, children from fatherless homes are 3 times more likely to be incarcerated by age 30 than children with a mother and father.” These are the arguments Teresa Greenman of Catholics for the Common Good will be making when she testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday morning in Sacramento.

Fatherless childrenThe bill is AB 460 and the sponsors claim it is needed to end discrimination against lesbians seeking to qualify for insurance coverage for infertility treatment because they cannot have sexual relations with a man. More details are on in this article and in the letter I wrote to the committee in opposition to the bill.

Help us appeal to legislators to recognize the human and social costs of any single woman creating a child using sperm donors. Furthermore, we need to get people to recognize that children have a fundamental right to know and be cared for by their moms and dads, and no one has a right to intentionally deprive them of that right.

This practice has reduced children commodities. It is a practice that has also contributed to the idea that marriage between a man and a woman should not be a privileged institution because it is not essential to child bearing and rearing. It conveys that the natural family – the family of common ancestry is inconsequential and people should have the freedom to create the families they choose to meet their own needs for fulfillment.

It is time to draw the line on the practice of creating children through sperm or egg donors, with the intention of depriving them of their fundamental human right to be united with both their moms and dads, as far as possible. Our work toward justice is a critical part of recovering the meaning and purpose of marriage. Please join us in this very important work. 

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