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Why so many Danish women are opting to become single mothers

Fascinating article on the rise of the 'solomor': elective single mothers using donor sperm to conceive. Denmark has the highest number of births by assisted fertility treatment than any other country. These are educated, older women who have made a conscious decision to start a family themselves without waiting for 'Mr Right' to appear. I say: why not?

'Everyone has a dad,’ I heard my son’s friend telling him the other day, ‘Nope: not me,’ was his response,” says Anne Patricia Rehlsdorph, 45, a lawyer from Copenhagen. “He’s seven now but he has known since he was two that he’s a donor baby and our ‘family’ is just me and him. Solo parenting can be hard, but it’s also fantastic. I wouldn’t have it any other way.””