Fighting for all families to be seen as equal
Rainbow Family Equality Network (RFEN) seeks to bring together organisations with the common objective of securing legal recognition of family relationships regardless of the pathway to parenthood or method of conception.
RFEN’s mission is to campaign for fully inclusive Assisted Human Reproduction legislation which affords legal avenues to recognition for the numerous pathways to parenthood that are currently excluded. Specifically, we seek to address the lack of recognition for children born through Surrogacy (domestic and international), Reciprocal IVF (shared motherhood), Home Insemination, use of known donors (outside of a clinical setting) and Irish children born abroad for whom recognition is absent in Irish Law.
RFEN seeks to achieve this by utilising collective experience in activism, law and the political process, by taking a collaborative approach in pursuing common goals and through direct action to bring about meaningful change to legislation.
At present Irish law only recognises biological parentage, adoptive parentage and parentage in a very narrow set of assisted reproduction scenarios. This is particularly discriminatory and exclusionary for LGBTQ+ parents and parents requiring access to fertility options not currently available in Ireland. The recent update does allow some parents to now re-register a birth. Click below to get more information.
Love is Love
Rainbow Family Equality Network (RFEN) seeks to bring together organisations with the common objective of securing legal recognition of family relationships regardless of the pathway to parenthood or method of conception. RFEN believes in equality for ALL families and the right of children to have a legal relationship with their intended parent(s).