First let’s re-cap the old stuff:
Previous studies have hinted at the importance of fathers in child-rearing. Some have shown that girls reach puberty younger, become sexually active earlier and are more likely to get pregnant in their teens if their father was absent when they were young. Others have suggested that the sons of absent fathers display lower intimacy and self-esteem.
Now let’s get the new stuff:
Cells in pups deprived of fathers had a blunted response to oxytocin – the “cuddle chemical”, which is normally released during social interactions and pair bonding. They also had an increased response to NMDA, which is involved in memory.
The fatherless mice were also less interested in engaging with other mice. “Usually if you put two animals in the same cage they investigate and touch each other, but when we put two animals deprived of a father together they ignored each other,” says Gobbi. Her colleague Francis Bambico presented the work at the World Congress of Biological Psychiatry in Paris, France, in early July.
But according to this Telegraph article, it doesn’t seem as though research impacts public policy. (H/T Andrew)
Women who undergo fertility treatment and their same-sex partners are now both allowed to register as parents on their baby’s birth certificates.
The move has been criticised for damaging the traditional notion of a family, which many people say is necessary for a healthy upbringing.
But ministers insist it is a step forward for equal rights.
Lord Brett, the Home Office Minister, said: “This positive change means that for the first time female couples who have a child using fertility treatment have the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts to be shown as parents in the birth registration.
“It is vital that we afford equality wherever we can in society, especially as family circumstances continue to change. This is an important step forward in that process.”
There are powerful special interest groups on the left whose whole purpose is to demonize fathers and destroy marriage. They want children to be raised by the state, (i.e. – by those who run the secular government). They think that government programs taught by strangers and designed by experts well-versed in all the isms of the left, are better for children than their biological parents.