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Twins separated at birth and adopted by separate parents later married each other without realising they were brother and sister. The siblings were recently granted an annulment in the high court's family division. The judge ruled that the marriage had never validly existed. Marriages can be annulled if one of the parties was under 16 at the time, if it is a bigamous union, or if the couple are closely related.
The identities of the British pair and the details of the relationship have been kept secret, but it is known that they were separated soon after birth and were never told they were twins. They did not discover they were blood relatives until after the wedding.
The case was uncovered by Lord Alton in a conversation with a high court judge. He used it to highlight perceived deficiencies in the human embryology and tissues bill going through parliament. Lord Alton argues the twins' marriage supports the need for children to know the identity of parents. Legislation in the human embryology and tissues bill, he said, threatened to undermine children's rights to know these details.
There will be more cases like this if children are not given access to the truth. The needs of the child must always be paramount. However, the legislation to include on an Identical twins dating each other birth certificate whether they were donor-conceived was branded "a step too far" by Dr Allan Pacey, secretary of the British Fertility Society and senior lecturer in andrology, the study of diseases particular to males, at the University of Sheffield.
His main concern was that legislation would stigmatise individuals. Pacey was also worried that would-be parents would "take matters into their own hands" to try to avoid recording that was donor-conceived, such as using a friend to donate sperm or going abroad. He said it was essential to see the case in context. He said about 3. The risk of donor conceived children unknowingly having children together was very small, Pacey said.
Olivia Montuschi, founding member of the Donor Conception Network, said many people would try to avoid the legislation by not reporting births of donor-conceived children to their clinics. Quoting a survey conducted by her organisation, she said many parents viewed the new legislation as an invasion of the privacy of donor-conceived children.
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