Swedish man loses bid to renounce fatherhood of in-vitro twins
30 October 2015, 09:25
Stockholm - A Swedish man whose wife gave birth to twins after in vitro fertilisation treatment using donated eggs and sperm, on Thursday lost his bid to renounce legal fatherhood.
The Supreme Court ruled that the children's right to a father outweighed his claim that he did not consent to becoming a father of twins.
The man and his former wife sought in vitro fertilisation treatment in Latvia in 2012 during which two inseminated embryos were placed in the woman's uterus to increase the chances of conception. Both eggs and sperm were from a donor bank.
After the twins were born in December 2012, the man from Malmo sought to annul his legal fatherhood. Two lower courts ruled against him.
The children are almost 3 years old.
"We expect this kind of case will become more common as medical science advances," Supreme Court Judge Svante O Johansson said.
In December, a government-appointed commission is due to present a report that will raise issues related to assisted reproductive technology and other means to tackle infertility, including artificial insemination and surrogate motherhood.