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Antony Blackburn-Starza
Legal Editor

Antony Blackburn-Starza is Legal Editor at BioNews and at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust (PET). Together with his fellow BioNews editors Ayala Ochert and Annabel Slater, he runs the BioNews writing scheme, which provides practical science writing training and experience for PhD students. He is currently studying for a PhD at at the University of Kent's Law School, where his research focuses on new forms of actionable harm arising from mishaps in assisted conception, and where he teaches Obligations. He is also a Member of Lincoln's Inn.

Antony originally studied Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, went on to obtain an MA in Medical Law and Ethics at Queen Mary University of London, and completed the the Bar Professional Training Course at City University London's Law School. His BioNews article 'UK lags behind the rest of Europe in IVF' is reproduced in Reproductive Ethics (buy this book from Amazon UK). He has a particular interest in medical ethics, patents and socio-legal approaches to new medical technologies.


 


BioNews Comment articles written by Antony Blackburn-Starza:

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Germline in the sand: The ethics and law of engineering the embryo

25 January 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

We report from the fourth session of annual conference of the Progress Educational Trust, titled 'Germline in the Sand: The Ethics and Law of Engineering the Embryo', which discussed the ethics of human embryo genome editing... [Read More]

The Ohio sperm mix-up: What's the harm in giving birth to a healthy, beautiful baby girl?

08 December 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A claim filed against an Ohio sperm bank for using the wrong sperm donor leading to a woman giving birth to 'a beautiful, obviously mixed race, baby girl' ignited a furore because of race... [Read More]

Putting a 'kilt on Yearworth': Holdich v Lothian Health Board [2013]

27 January 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The Outer House of the Court of Session in Scotland has allowed a claim for compensation brought by a man whose sperm may have been damaged by a failure of a storage vessel to proceed to a full trial.... [Read More]

The state provision of fertility treatment: 'NICE' idea

22 April 2013 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The Progress Educational Trust's debate, 'NICE Try… But is anyone listening?', considered the impact of the radical structural changes to the NHS on the state provision of IVF. At least two central critical themes emerged from the debate: a critique of method and a critique of measure... [Read More]

'Just' giving: PET's evening debate on gamete donation from the donor perspective

14 January 2013 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The image of the sperm donor nipping off between lectures to casually donate for a few quid of beer money was neatly set aside by this thought-provoking debate. In his place, in strode the complex male – knowledgeable, thoughtful, sensitive… and probably over 25... [Read More]

What's Your Poison? The Impact of Alcohol and Smoking

17 December 2012 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The fourth session the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 2012 'Fertility Treatment: A Life-Changing Event?' continued the day's critical perspective looking at the evidential basis for the impact of lifestyle factors on the outcome of fertility treatment and resulting children. This time it was the impact of alcohol and smoking that came under scrutiny... [Read More]

Genetic medalling

13 June 2011 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Are athletes born or built? Basketball star Michael Jordan's son plays college-level basketball and Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila was named Super MiddleWeight women's boxing champion in 2002. Famous footballer Zinedine Zidane's son Enzo, joined by his siblings Luca and Theo, are all promising young footballers among the Real Madrid cadets... [Read More]

Genetic susceptibility to common complex disorders

07 December 2009 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

As our understanding of genetics and associated disorders has developed, many genetic tests performing functions - from predicting certain genetic predispositions and identifying rare monogenetic disorders, to ancestry and other 'novelty' tests - have been introduced to the healthcare market. Many geneticists are concerned about the regulation of these tests, which are performed by the NHS, the private sector, or distributed directly to consumers. Experts are calling for more transparent eval... [Read More]

'Older Mothers': a report on the '21st century motherhood’ conference held at UCL, 18 September 2009

19 October 2009 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Maria Bousada, 69, once the world's oldest mother, died in July this year leaving behind two young children born following IVF only two years earlier. Her death reignited the debate surrounding 'older mothers' - or more specifically, post-menopausal women who require fertility treatment to conceive. In response to media attention surrounding Ms Bousada's death, Professor Sammy Lee, an expert in medical ethics, embryology and biomedical sciences based at University College London... [Read More]

Banking crisis - what should be done about the sperm donor shortage?

06 July 2009 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

An acute shortage of donor sperm is diminishing the capacity of the UK's public and private health sectors to treat infertility, resulting in growing concern and lengthening waiting lists at clinics. The shortage is widely attributed to the removal, in 2005, of entitlement to donor anonymity. The Progress Educational Trust, with support from the Royal Society of Medicine and the British Fertility Society (BFS) staged a panel discussion on Thursday 25 June 2009 entitled 'Banking Crisis - what ... [Read More]

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BioNews Review articles written by Antony Blackburn-Starza:

Book Review: Regulating Reproductive Donation

03 October 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

This collection of essays from leading lawyers, fertility professionals, social scientists, ethicists, and others documents the experiences of families engaging in assisted conception, adding to the growing body of empirical studies in this area... [Read More]

Book Review: Modern Families - Parents and Children in New Family Forms

26 May 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Susan Golombok's 'Modern Families: Parents and Children in New Family Forms' challenges the assumption that the traditional nuclear family is the best environment in which to raise children... [Read More]

Book Review: Relatedness in Assisted Reproduction - Families, Origins and Identities

09 February 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

This collection of interdisciplinary perspectives and empirical observations on the meanings that are attached to a concept of 'relatedness' in fertility treatment is an important read for anyone involved in assisted conception... [Read More]

Book Review: Law, Policy and Reproductive Autonomy

26 August 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The legal framework for the regulation and provision of assisted reproductive technologies is situated within enormous social change, not least in the construction of the family, personal health management and expectations around access to emerging medical technologies.... [Read More]

Event Review: New Families and Genetic Identities - Developments in Law, Policy and Research

08 July 2013 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Families are complicated and no two are the same. It is often said that assisted reproductive technologies (ART) challenge traditional family models. But what has received less attention to date is how these 'new families' navigate a complex thicket of social, legal and policy norms... [Read More]

Report Review: Donor information sharing - Preservation of personal liberty or the indirect control over people's private lives?

29 April 2013 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

In its latest contribution to practical bioethics and policymaking, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics in its report on information sharing in donor conception recommends, among other things, that parents of donor-conceived children should not be mandated to inform them about their origins.... [Read More]

Report Review: Human Bodies - Donation for Medicine and Research

24 October 2011 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

It was the recommendations to pay for the funeral expenses of organ donors and to remove the cap on compensation for gamete donors that made the headlines. But it is not the specific recommendations of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics' report 'Human bodies: donation for medicine and research' that it will be remembered for... [Read More]

Book Review: Bioequity

19 August 2010 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

In 2008 Exeter County Court put an end to claims brought by six men who on being diagnosed with cancer decided to store their sperm for potential future insemination before undergoing chemotherapy treatment should the effects of the treatment permanently impair their fertility... [Read More]

Book Review: Choosing Life, Choosing Death - The Tyranny of Autonomy in Medical Ethics and Law

05 January 2010 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Autonomy is commonly thought of as a guiding ethical principle which promotes the ability of an individual to determine their own 'life path'. It is commonly translated in the legal area in positive terms of self-determinism and negative constraints of non-interference. But the term holds a special meaning in the ethics/rights discourse as an inalienable virtuous human quality which generates rights and warrants respect... [Read More]


BioNews News articles written by Antony Blackburn-Starza:

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Surrogate awarded supervised contact with child

28 November 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A surrogate who lost a legal battle to keep her child has been granted supervised contact by the Family Court, although her attempt to regain custody has failed... [Read More]

Online calculator predicts IVF success

21 November 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

An online calculator that can estimate the cumulative success rate of IVF over multiple cycles has been released... [Read More]

High Court in Ireland to hear 'unique' surrogacy case

14 November 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The Irish High Court will hear a case in January to determine the legal status of a child born through an international surrogacy arrangement to whom the intended parents have no genetic connection... [Read More]

Surrogate refuses to give consent for parental order

07 November 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A surrogate has refused to give her consent for the parents of twins to become the children's legal parents, even though she and her husband are not seeking any active involvement in the children's upbringing... [Read More]

Court allows Australian woman to remove deceased boyfriend's sperm

24 October 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A woman in Australia has been given permission by the Queensland Supreme Court to extract sperm from her boyfriend after his sudden death... [Read More]

Council of Europe rejects surrogacy guidelines

17 October 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a human rights organisation, has voted to reject a proposal to introduce international guidelines on surrogacy and children's rights... [Read More]

Adverse incidents at UK fertility clinics increase slightly

10 October 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The latest data from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has shown that the number of adverse incidents in UK fertility clinics has increased slightly... [Read More]

Widow wins frozen embryo case

03 October 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A widow has been allowed by the High Court to keep embryos created with her late husband in storage for ten years... [Read More]

Woman wrongly listed as a child's mother following IVF

26 September 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

An Australian woman has been wrongly listed as the biological mother of a child born following IVF treatment... [Read More]

HFEA allows mother to export dead daughter's eggs

19 September 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has allowed a woman wanting to conceive using her dead daughter's eggs to export them to the US for treatment... [Read More]

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