“I’m a sperm donor!” he said. “I’m a parent!” he said. WRONG.
Well, at least for legal purposes, in Western Australia.
When it comes to matters of artificial conception, the Artificial Conception Act 1985 (WA) states the following:
- if a man provides genetic material to a woman, and that woman uses his genetic material to become pregnant via an artificial fertilisation procedure, then the man “shall be conclusively presumed not to have caused the pregnancy” and “is not the father of any child born as a result of the pregnancy”.
- if a “woman undergoes, with the consent of her de facto partner, an artificial fertilisation procedure in consequence of which she becomes pregnant… then the de facto partner of the pregnant woman, shall be conclusively presumed to be a parent of the unborn child” and “is a parent of any child born as a result of the pregnancy”.
I don’t know about you, but my first reaction is that that first part does not sit in accordance with what I learnt from Maury Povich.