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Possibly a good starting point for a definition on parenthood is the following quote: ‘Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family … entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses’ (United Nations, 1948).

Key Points
  • Parenthood is a question of right within nature.
  • Parenthood brings with it notions of responsibility.
  • People with learning disabilities who become parents may exercise both their rights and responsibilities.

Many people aspire to parenthood, whether or not they have what is called an ‘intellectual disability’. But what is parenthood? Anyone can be a parent, based purely on the fact that they have contributed genetic material to an offspring through the process ...

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