Finnish MPs back citizens’ initiative to grant maternity rights to female same-sex couples

MPs on Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee voted overwhelmingly to back a citizens’ initiative calling for female same-sex couples to be given maternity rights for children born into the union.

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The proposal is part of a raft of ancillary laws to be amended following the enactment of gay marriage legislation.

The citizens’ initiative calling for reforms to the Finnish Maternity Act would formalise the status of a pregnant or birth mother’s same-sex partner. The reform would recognise the partner as a child’s parent even before birth at a maternity clinic. The law would also ensure that a child has the right to financial support, an inheritance and to meet both parents.