IVF for single women: Rule requiring father’s name challenged at Kerala HC | Kochi News – Times of India

KOCHI: A woman who got pregnant through a combination of artificial insemination and in-vitro fertilization (IVF) has approached the Kerala high court challenging a rule requiring that the father’s name should be revealed for registering the child’s birth.
The petition (WP-C No. 13622/2021) was filed by a woman from Panmana in Kollam district through advocate Aruna A. Considering the plea during admission hearing, justice Sathish Ninan has asked the state government to inform its views.
Identity of the sperm donor has been kept a secret and has not even been revealed to the petitioner by the hospital, the petition said.
However, the name and details of the father are to be furnished in applications for registering births and deaths as per Kerala Registration of Births and Deaths Rules, 1999, the petition said.
It is contended by the petitioner that the rule infringes right to privacy and right to equality and goes against the provisions of the parent law – Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969.
Rights of a single mother has been recognized by the Supreme Court through a 2015 judgment (ABC Vs. State- NCT of Delhi) and two other high court decisions, the petition said.
In such circumstances, the part of the rules that demands details of the father of the child born to a single mother should be struck down, it is demanded by the petitioner. Similarly, the court should strike down the rule requiring details of father or husband for registration of deaths, the petition said.

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