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King's College London - Health: More than a medical matter

Professor Eric Blyth

Professor Eric Blyth

Eric Blyth is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews, Professor of Social Work at the University of Huddersfield, and Adjunct Professor of Health Ethics at Tung Wah College. He is also Cochair of the British Association of Social Workers' Project Group on Assisted Reproduction, and International Editorial Adviser at the China Journal of Social Work. He has been a Visiting Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Alberta, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has also been Editor of the Journal of Fertility Counselling, Coeditor of the British Journal of Social Work, and International Editorial Advisor at International Social Work. Previously, he was a Social Worker at Kent County Council and a Development Officer at Wakefield Metropolitan Council. He is coeditor of Faith and Fertility: Attitudes Towards Reproductive Practices in Different Religions from Ancient to Modern Times (buy this book from Amazon UK or Amazon USA) and Third Party Assisted Conception Across Cultures: Social, Legal and Ethical Perspectives (buy this book from Amazon UK or Amazon USA).


BioNews Comment articles written by Professor Eric Blyth:

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Little for donor-conceived people in the Nuffield Council's report

29 April 2013 - by Professor Eric Blyth

Donor-conceived individuals might justifiably feel short-changed by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics' report 'Donor conception: ethical aspects of information sharing'... [Read More]

One Parent or Five – more of the same from the Commission on Parenthood's Future

31 October 2011 - by Professor Eric Blyth

'One Parent or Five: A global look at today's new intentional families' is the latest report from the Commission on Parenthood's Future (1). Authored by 'scholar Elizabeth Marquardt, a recognized family expert', it claims to offer 'the first-ever systematic critique of the concept of intentional parenthood [by] providing a global tour of today's new intentional families... [Read More]

ART regulation in Canada – birth much delayed

11 July 2011 - by Professor Eric Blyth

It is not so long since I applauded the decision of the Supreme Court of British Columbia (BC) for promoting the disclosure of the identity of gamete and embryo donors to their offspring [1]. News that the BC Attorney-General is appealing the judgment to the federal Supreme Court indicates that my enthusiasm was a case of premature elation [2]. The good news for those of us who believe that non-anonymous donation is the only ethical form of gamete and embryo donation is that if the federal Su... [Read More]

Gamete Donation Review - not the HFEA's finest hour

03 May 2011 - by Professor Eric Blyth

During its 20-year history, the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has notched up significant achievements in the regulation of assisted human reproduction that have rightly drawn respect worldwide. An important characteristic of the HFEA's approach to regulation has been its use of public consultations to inform policy development... [Read More]

Donor anonymity to bite the dust in South Australia

06 December 2010 - by Professor Eric Blyth

Australia has been a noted pacemaker in the field of assisted reproduction. It was the first nation to report embryo relinquishment for family-building, and a pregnancy and live birth from a previously cryopreserved human embryo. The Australian state of Victoria was among the world's first jurisdictions to remove the rights of gamete and embryo donors to remain anonymous... [Read More]

Davina and Goliath: the personal cost of seeking justice

29 October 2010 - by Professor Eric Blyth

As reported in BioNews on 25 October 2010 (1), Olivia Pratten, a 28-year old Toronto journalist who was conceived as a result of anonymous donor conception provided by a Vancouver physician, Dr Gerald Korn, is challenging the protection of donor anonymity in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. The Court agreed to hear the case despite claims made in September by lawyers acting for the Government of British Columbia that the physician's records have been destroyed, and despite an injunction... [Read More]

The role of humour in sperm donor recruitment

14 June 2010 - by Professor Eric Blyth

Unlike either oocyte or embryo donation, sperm donation presents a massive PR problem - masturbation. At least since Onan came to a sticky end, masturbation (aka 'self-abuse') has both suffered censure and has provided a fertile source for low-grade humour.... [Read More]

Reply to 'Gamete donation in the UK: Time to think again'

13 April 2010 - by Professor Eric Blyth

The Bridge Centre's plea to 'think again' about arrangements for gamete donation in the UK takes yet another ill-founded and unsubstantiated swipe at the lifting of donor anonymity and its impact on donor services. The Bridge Centre also indicts the removal of anonymity, together with donor compensation arrangements, as responsible for the 'explosive growth of fertility tourism'.... [Read More]

Tackling issues in cross-border reproductive care

18 May 2009 - by Professor Eric Blyth

What we currently know about cross-border reproductive services derives primarily from anecdotal patient accounts shared on the Internet and reports provided by journalists - often working 'undercover' and posing as patients. The nefarious character of some services under investigation, alleging illegal activities (1,2) and exploitation of young women as egg donors... [Read More]

Disclosing donor information: A new code of silence?

09 March 2009 - by Professor Eric Blyth

One of the first publicly-recorded actions of the HFEA's apparently ironically-named 'Opening the Register' (OTR) Working Group has in fact been to recommend reversal of the HFEA's current policy of disclosing gamete donor codes to patients and to 'strongly advise' centres to follow its lead (1). Neither of the Human... [Read More]

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BioNews Review articles written by Professor Eric Blyth:

TV Review: Coronation Street - Surrogacy in Weatherfield

07 October 2013 - by Professor Eric Blyth

The British TV soap opera, Coronation Street, has become an established national institution since the first episode was screened in December 1960. It is on several nights each week and is set in 'Weatherfield', a fictional working class neighbourhood in Manchester.... [Read More]

Book Review: Reproductive Health Psychology

05 November 2012 - by Professor Eric Blyth

This comprehensive handbook is written for psychologists and other health-care professionals and covers reproductive health across the lifespan. It will be of considerable value to both undergraduate and post-graduate students who are studying reproductive health... [Read More]



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