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New National Genomic Healthcare Strategy, Genome UK: does it go far enough?
19 October 2020 - by Louisa Ghevaert
The UK Government recently published a new genomic healthcare strategy. In doing so, it envisages creating the most advanced genomic healthcare system in the world and ensuring the UK remains a global leader in genetics and genomics... [Read More]
The UK Supreme Court awards damages for commercial surrogacy
6 April 2020 - by Louisa Ghevaert
A legal watershed occurred on 1 April 2020 when the UK Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the case of Whittington Hospital NHS Trust v XX. In doing so, it marked an important development and intersection of medical negligence, fertility and surrogacy law in the UK... [Read More]
Why we need root and branch fertility law reform
25 November 2019 - by Louisa Ghevaert
We are currently experiencing powerful digital, artificial intelligence, genomic science, epigenetic and human reproductive revolutions. These will increasingly blur the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres... [Read More]
The significance of fertility: A landmark ruling on posthumous conception
3 September 2018 - by Louisa Ghevaert
The recently published case of Y v A Healthcare NHS Trust is a unique and important legal ruling on posthumous conception in the UK. The decision sends an important message that individual fertility and reproductive legacy, and not just property, can warrant protection... [Read More]
UK surrogacy gone wrong
17 March 2014 - by Louisa Ghevaert
A recent case made national headlines for being a 'do it yourself' surrogacy arrangement which ended in marital breakdown and legal chaos, but news reports did not fully address the complex issues raised in the case about the identity and best interests of the child... [Read More]
Recent surrogacy disputes in focus
16 September 2013 - by Louisa Ghevaert
Two recent surrogacy disputes have emerged from Wisconsin, in the United States, and South Africa which highlight the challenging legal and practical issues surrogacy can create.... [Read More]
The IVF postcode lottery must stop
2 July 2012 - by Louisa Ghevaert
The inconsistent and inadequate provision of IVF treatment on the NHS is an unacceptable way to treat the one in seven UK couples (3.5 million people) currently affected by infertility... [Read More]
IVF, donor conception and surrogacy: Is progressive global regulation possible?
4 July 2011 - by Louisa Ghevaert
Assisted reproduction in the form of IVF, donor conception and surrogacy is challenging global attitudes towards medical science and is presenting a unique global regulatory challenge.... [Read More]
International Surrogacy: progress or media hype?
10 January 2011 - by Louisa Ghevaert
International surrogacy has become big news. Last month, a landmark international commercial surrogacy case, Re L, attracted front page national headlines. Hard on its heels the media spotlight fell on the birth of Elton John and David Furnish's US surrogate born son, Zachary, on Christmas Day. This has fuelled the debate about surrogacy and the question is why has it generated such attention?... [Read More]
Birth certificates: a new era?
30 April 2010 - by Louisa Ghevaert
Birth certificates have been a hot topic in the UK in recent weeks. There has been much controversy, confusion and misunderstanding, aptly shown by Caroline Gammell's article in The Daily Telegraph newspaper and Colin Fernandez's article in the Daily Mail on 19 April incorrectly hailing the advent of the first lesbian couple to both be named as parents on their baby daughter's birth certificate, born 31 March this year. Lesbian couples have not in fact had to wait until the beginning of April... [Read More]
What happens when surrogacy goes wrong: The recent Indiana surrogacy case in wider context
9 February 2010 - by Louisa Ghevaert
A northern Indiana couple are the latest in a series of people to become embroiled in a legal battle in the US following the birth of a child conceived through surrogacy. They follow in the footsteps of a recent series of high profile and hard fought US legal parentage battles involving surrogate-born babies. As demand for surrogacy grows worldwide and its practice remains largely unregulated, surrogacy continues to raise difficult legal, ethical and emotional questions which a... [Read More]
Surrogacy law must be reviewed to stop more British couples ending up in a legal nightmare
12 January 2009 - by Louisa Ghevaert
Pressure for a review of surrogacy law is mounting in legal, media and political quarters following the case of Re X & Y (Foreign Surrogacy) 2008 (reported in Bionews on 14 December 2008). The case - the first to test the law for British couples going abroad for surrogacy - has highlighted the... [Read More]
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