Tag Archives: parenthood

The Religious Education Dilemma, Again

We just got a notice from my daughter’s state school yesterday inviting us to choose which religious education class we’d like to enrol her in. There were a multitude of choices: Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Ba’hai, Buddhist and Hindu (an accurate reflection the nature of her school, I think). Finally, there was the choice to ‘opt […]

Property rights and the body – right to a dead person’s reproductive material

It was reported in The Australian today that a women has won the right to possession of her dead husband’s sperm with a view to using the material to conceive a child via IVF. The full judgment is available here: Jocelyn Edwards; Re the estate of the late Mark Edwards [2011] NSWSC 478. The facts […]

Surrogacy and the law

There have been a few stories in the news lately about surrogate parents. Elton John and his partner became parents via a surrogate mother at the end of last year. Of course, as they are gay men, the child was conceived with the use of a donor egg. Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban recently became […]

Chinese Mothers

I don’t know if anyone else has seen a deliberately provocatively titled piece by Amy Chua, Yale Law Professor: ‘Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior’. I’ll give you a flavour of the piece: A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereotypically successful kids. They wonder what these parents do to produce so many […]

Right to choose gender of a child

A Victorian couple with three sons are asking VCAT to allow them to select the gender of their next child. The couple are desperate for a girl after they had a baby girl who died a few days after birth. The Herald Sun reports: [The couple] are asking the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to […]

Enforcing filial piety via legislation

(from Wikimedia Commons) According to Confucian ideals, filial piety is the ultimate value. Hence, it permeates many Asian societies. There is notionally no need for the state to provide for care for the elderly, because the children will look after their parents in their old age. The rather creepy statue above depicts Japanese man Ryochi […]

Queensland abortion couple not guilty

Oh dear, I really must have a perverse desire to start Threads o’ Doom this week – first rape and sexual assault, now a post about abortion. Anyway, in news just in, a Cairns couple have been found not guilty of attempting to procure an abortion. The couple, Tegan Leach and Sergie Brennan, found out […]

Gay parenting and the law

The Age reports that a Victorian court has allowed a gay man to adopt his foster child, a first in Victoria: A judge has allowed a gay man to adopt his foster child in what is believed to be a first for Victoria. The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is in a […]

WTF – career counselling for toddlers?

The other day, I was talking with a kinder Dad who is a fellow lawyer. My daughter piped up, “Mummy is a Big Lawyer and I will be a Little Lawyer when I grow up.” The Dad and I exchanged looks, as I ruefully grimaced. “I’d really rather she didn’t become a lawyer,” I confessed. […]

Right to a child versus rights of a child

Over at Saint’s place, Saint and I have become involved in a discussion about legally sanctioned relationships and children. A commenter at Saint’s site, Paul, raised the recent example of a US case where a couple wanted to use their dead son’s sperm to get a grandchild: The New York state appeals panel issued a […]