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Twins Separated at Birth Married Each Other UK/England

Society & Culture  (tags: uk, england, children, babies, parents, adoptions, donors, eggs, spermrights )

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A COUPLE discovered after they had married that they were twins who had been split up at birth and adopted by separate families, according to a member of Britain's House of Lords. British peer David Alton recounted the story to parliament last month to


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Chrissy N (118)
Friday January 11, 2008, 11:33 pm
A very valid reason why children conceived by either donor eggs and sperm should be able to acces their biological parents information.

Marian E (152)
Friday January 11, 2008, 11:37 pm

And no one noticed a resemblance? Wow!

Thank you.

Elainna Crowell (174)
Friday January 11, 2008, 11:41 pm
I feel so sorry for the twins and don't understand why children shouldn't know who their biological parents are.

Pam F (221)
Saturday January 12, 2008, 1:21 am
Just because they are twins,doesn't necessarily mean that there's a resemblance - my daughter-in -law is a twin,and I didn't even realise she and her twin sister were related when I first met them - they don't resemble each other in the slightest.
A thought -provoking story - it's very unfair and risky for any child to be denied knowledge of his or her background.

Chrissy N (118)
Saturday January 12, 2008, 1:47 am
The fact that they are fraternal twins ... different sexes .. means they could even be different colours. Only Identical twins are identical and then they have to be the same sex.

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Saturday January 12, 2008, 5:22 am

Estella Ameigh (22)
Saturday January 12, 2008, 11:21 am
What an emotional wreck those twins must be. I hope they can get a good counselor to help them get on
with their lives. This is an excellent example of why the truthful information must be shared.

. (0)
Saturday January 12, 2008, 1:35 pm
I have three sets of twins in my family. One fraternal boy and girl (cousins), one identical twin girls (nieces) and one identical twin boys (cousins). Whether they are twins or single birth children, they deserve to know their biological history.
Noted with thanks, Chrissy.

Teresa Soares (82)
Saturday January 12, 2008, 2:22 pm
The society make rules. But... who cares about the love between these two persons in these rules?

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Saturday January 12, 2008, 2:49 pm

Debra Brown BASW (0)
Saturday January 12, 2008, 3:36 pm
I think it is long overdue that open adoption becomes the norm. I too was adopted at birth. I wasn't told until I was 12 years old, and then it was by a neighbor. One I reached adulthood I began to have some health problems that made me really want family medical history for my own children's information. I was lucky enough to find my birth mother and the information I received may have saved myself and my daughter from having cervical cancer. Both my mother and my sister had it before they were 30 years old. I had it at 30. My daughters had it at 25 and 32, but because we knew that this was a family disease we got frequent pap smears and for all of us it was caught early. The other killer in the family is breast cancer. My mother, a few years back, and three of her sisters died from the disease. My half sister has had a malignant node removed. My daughters and I are religious about keeping watch for signs of trouble. In addition to the medical reasons, I found out the story behind my adoption, a sister I never knew I had, and just how much heredity can play in personality traits, likes and dislikes, talents, etc. This truth should never be denied any child or adult that wants to know.

Mike Telladira (3)
Saturday January 12, 2008, 4:33 pm
I guess they don't have pre-marital blood tests in Britain

Chrissy N (118)
Saturday January 12, 2008, 4:55 pm
To the best of my knowledge, the States is the only country in the world that does that ... and was started for the rhesus factor, doesn't do dna.

Enric Mestres Girbal (3)
Sunday January 13, 2008, 6:14 am
I feel so sorry for them! All high lights focussing on them. Why do't leave this couple to go on with their love? Whas it a "brotherly" feeling blooming into a man/women love? Was it the traditional arrow shot between two hearts? Why society interferes? The world is full of children with related parents...and they are healthy, bright, happy...Please, forget the nonsense of consagnitiny problems...and let this couple live in love and peace.

Esther S (45)
Sunday January 13, 2008, 2:10 pm
Chrissy I was surprised to read your statement that the pre-marital blood type was started for the rhesus factor. I was married at the end of 1958. I didn't know that I was RH negative until my first pregnancy. Then my husband had to have his blood checked and fortunately he was RH negative as well. It was such a long time ago that I don't even remember if we had to have pre-marital blood tests but I do remember the pregnancy thing. I lived in N.Y. at that time.
Also I want to add that my sisters are twins and they never even looked like they were related to each other.

Chrissy N (118)
Sunday January 13, 2008, 2:55 pm
Esther, I'm have since done some research on the blood tests and find that I was wrong about blood groups .... that is what I have always been told! The facts are;

According to the legal resource Free Advice, blood tests were intended to determine if one or both of the marrying couple had a disease that may be passed on to their children.

As this excellent Catoosa County News article explains, many of the state blood test laws came about during the 1930s, before penicillin and antibiotics. At the time, syphilis was considered a significant public health hazard.

While this legal concept may seem somewhat outdated today, the U.S. Marriage Laws currently lists eight states (including your home state of Georgia) that require blood tests. In those states, the state clerk cannot issue a marriage license until the blood test results have been presented.

So a "blood test" is a way to check for sexually transmitted diseases, most often syphilis. However, the tests can also be used to check for rubella and sickle-cell anemia. The Mississippi State Department of Health openly acknowledges this, while also stating that they do not test for HIV or any other STDs unless the patient chooses.

Esther S (45)
Sunday January 13, 2008, 3:12 pm
Chrissy, thanks for the information but I have to tell you that Georgia is not my home state. I lived in N.Y. all my life until about 16 years ago when I moved to Indiana. LOL I would guess that N.Y.probably did require that we had the blood test even though I cannot remember it. LOL again.
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