Equal Guardianship for Lesbian Mothers

A government initiative proposes that lesbian parents be given the same legal rights as their heterosexual counterparts.

In practice, this would mean that lesbian couples who get pregnant via sperm banks abroad or from private arrangements would have equal custodial rights. The birthmother would automatically have custody of the child; the other mother’s rights would be secured legally.

This law already applies to women who become pregnant with the help of the Swedish public health service.

The proposal also suggests that a section be added to the law giving children born with the help of donated sperm or eggs the legal right to genetic information.

The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights welcomes the proposal but sees limitations with giving just two parents legal guardianship. The Federation points out that children born into homosexual families often have two mothers and two fathers.