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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) and Third Party Assisted Conception Across Cultures: Social, Legal and Ethical Perspectives (buy this book from Amazon UK).

BioNews Comment articles written by Professor Eric Blyth:
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Life after death - a woman's victory in having her deceased husband's children
30 October 2017 - by Professor Eric Blyth
A public event held on 24 October 2017 at the University of Sheffield by the Progress Educational Trust... [Read More]
Baby Gammy: the responsibilities of ART professionals in international surrogacy
18 August 2014 - by Professor Eric Blyth
The Baby Gammy case has sparked worldwide interest and comment. The case highlights troubling issues that have been exercising the minds of some of us for some time... [Read More]
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
3 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
6 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]

BioNews Review articles written by Professor Eric Blyth:
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TV Review: Modern Times - The Vikings are coming
2 February 2015 - by Professor Eric Blyth
The central characters in Sue Bourne's hour-long documentary 'The Vikings Are Coming' are three single women, Holly (36), Gemma (40), and Amanda (43) and a lesbian couple in their thirties, Kal and Anna. Largely reliant on video footage filmed by the women themselves, viewers are able to witness Holly's, Gemma's, Kal's and Anna's emotional roller-coaster as they try to get pregnant using Danish donor sperm... [Read More]
TV Review: Coronation Street - Surrogacy in Weatherfield
7 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
5 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]