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The Special Status of Mary Warnock: From Fertility Treatment to Embryo Research

Progress Educational Trust
Event to be held online, via Zoom Video Webinars
14 April 2021 5.30pm-7pm (GMT)

Professor Sarah Franklin, Professor Emily Jackson, Professor Alison Murdoch and Peter Thompson, speakers at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend public event 'The Special Status of Mary Warnock: From Fertility Treatment to Embryo Research', being held online on Wednesday 14 April 2021A free-to-attend online event about the enduring legacy of the late Baroness Mary Warnock, taking place on Wednesday 14 April 2021 from 5.30pm-7pm (GMT).

All are welcome. To attend/participate via the web, please register here.

Baroness Warnock (1924-2019), who was a Patron of the Progress Educational Trust (PET), did much to shape the worlds of fertility and treatment and embryo research.

Among her contributions, Baroness Warnock led a UK Government committee whose 1984 report – often referred to simply as the Warnock Report – is perhaps the world's most influential analysis of the ethics of assisted conception and related research.

The Warnock Report remains foundational to UK law and policy. The report proposes 'that the embryo of the human species ought to have a special status' – neither equivalent to the status of a person, nor equivalent to the status of a tissue or an organ.

This event will discuss Mary Warnock's own 'special status', including the significance of her life and work to current and future developments in science, medicine, law, policy and ethics.

The event will be chaired by Sarah Norcross, with speakers including:

Find out more about the speakers and chair here.

This event is produced by PET and is sponsored by the British Fertility Society, the London Egg Bank and Reproduction and Fertility.

Reproduction and Fertility is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal from the Society for Reproduction and Fertility, publishing research and reviews on basic, translational and clinical reproduction and fertility, across all animals and humans.

Attendees will not be audible or visible during this online event, but will still be able to put questions and comments to the speakers and chair, via a Q&A tool within Zoom Video Webinars.