The Federal Court has reserved its decision in a case in which the Church intervened against a single woman's application to have a child by in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), The Catholic Leader reports.
    The case concluded in Melbourne last Friday with no indication as to when the court would hand down its judgment.
    The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference had been allowed to intervene as a 'friend of the court' in the case of McBain v Victoria and others.
    The Bishops' Conference sought to uphold sate laws which prevent fertilitiy services being supplied to single people.
    The Bishops' research officer Dr Warwick Neville said the bishops' primary concern was to protect the welfare of the child.
    "Each child has fundamental human rights," he said. "Under domestic law, such as the Commonwealth Family Law Act, and the international law, such as the Convention of the rights of the Child, to which Australia is a signatory, children have basic human rights. These include the right to know and be cared for by both their parents."
    Catholic Leader
28 July 00

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