Margeret Somerville

Canada's Dr. Margeret Somerville, a McGill Law and Ethics professor, affirms that SSM would grant SSP rights:
"Same-sex marriage also raises problems regarding reproductive technologies. Society must limit the use of these technologies to protect children. But such limitations could be prohibited if they contravened same-sex couples' rights to found family, rights that come with marriage as a matter of law. I believe a child has a right not to be created from the sperm of two men or the ova of two women, or by cloning. Including same-sex relationships in marriage would support such uses of reproductive technologies. "
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Chairm said...

John, do you have a list of organizations that are currently experimenting with some form of same-sex procreation?

Also, is it correct to think of SSP as procreation? I may be mistaken, but doesn't the common meaning of the word, procreate, entail the combination of two sexes, as in "to beget" by the sexual act?

Perhaps an alternative would be useful in communicating the distinction. For instance, there are terms for artificial reproductive methods (such as in vitro) and these terms differentiate each artificial method from the convention method and from other artificial methods.

John Howard said...

No, we generally find out about what stuff a lab is experimenting with after they have had some progress to announce, like the Japanese researchers that created Kaguya. I know they are now working on doing it with pigs, but I don't know who else is working on it. Lots of people are working on related areas though, there are people trying to create artificial sperm, artificial eggs, etc. Why do you ask? Are you thinking that it is not relevant unless we can show that it is being done by lots of people?
And I don't think the word procreation, which means to create offspring, requires that both sexes be involved. It would apply to people combining two gametes of the same sex to beget a child. They would be begetting offspring, creating people.