Magazine article Herizons

TRANSFORMING LAW'S FAMILY: The Legal Recognition of Planned Lesbian Motherhood

Magazine article Herizons

TRANSFORMING LAW'S FAMILY: The Legal Recognition of Planned Lesbian Motherhood

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TRANSFORMING LAW'S FAMILY The Legal Recognition of Planned Lesbian Motherhood FIONA KELLY UBC Press

In Transforming Law's Family: The Legal Recognition of Planned Lesbian Motherhood, Fiona Kelly identifies the perennial problem in promoting legal reform directed towards equality and inclusion. She asks, "Do strategies matter? Should we be careful about what we ask for? ... Absent an attentiveness to both the inclusionary and the exclusionary implications of different modes of recognition, there was a very real chance that law reform would reinforce existing norms and thus exclude lesbian families who parented outside of them."

In this volume, through the stories of 36 lesbian-led families of various configurations (that include single mothers, biological mothers, non-biological mothers, known and anonymous donors, as well as children ranging from four months to 28 years of age), Kelly explores what defines family for the women she interviews and how laws could be reformed to make space for families as they envision them.

In the first section, Kelly lays out the current legal framework for families and traces some of the recent changes that have slightly expanded the concept of family to include gay and lesbian relationships. …

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