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Rebecca Carr

Rebecca Carr is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews and is currently studying for the Bar Professional Training Course at Brierley Price Prior Law School. She completed a LLM at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law where she was a fellow of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Training Program in Health Law, Ethics and Policy. Previously she studied law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has a particular interest in issues of health, law, and human rights.

BioNews Comment articles written by Rebecca Carr:
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The need for UK surrogacy law reform
29 June 2015 - by Rebecca Carr
Last month, in a judgment that was hailed as the first of its kind, High Court judge Ms Justice Russell ordered a mother to hand over her child to a gay couple... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Rebecca Carr:
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TV Review: Having Our Baby - The Surrogacy Boom
24 April 2017 - by Rebecca Carr
'Having our baby: The surrogacy boom' is an informative account of the processes involved in undergoing surrogacy in Canada. The documentary wrangles with the emotional, ethical and legal issues that stem from commissioning a Canadian surrogate, and looks at some of the perverse implications of Canada's criminalisation of commercial surrogacy... [Read More]
Book Review: Avalanche – A Love Story
9 January 2017 - by Rebecca Carr
Avalanche is a courageous and intimate account of Australian novelist Julia Leigh's attempts to have a child through IVF... [Read More]
Radio Review: One to One - Surrogacy
3 November 2014 - by Rebecca Carr
'Not being able to have children can be a desperate thing,' says political journalist and commentator Isabel Oakeshott. After losing four pregnancies herself, Oakeshott came to a 'drastic solution': she was going to use a surrogate, and one in India at that... [Read More]
Event Review: The Human Egg Trade
21 October 2013 - by Rebecca Carr
For me, this extremely interesting Cafe Scientifique debate on the human egg trade in Canada shed light on many of the ongoing ethical concerns that seem to torment parties engaged in this field... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Rebecca Carr:
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Canada passes genetic non-discrimination bill
13 March 2017 - by Rebecca Carr
A bill outlawing genetic discrimination has been passed by Canada's House of Commons, adding genetic characteristics as a protected ground under their Human Rights Act... [Read More]
First baby born from frozen ovarian tissue in UK
18 July 2016 - by Rebecca Carr
A cancer patient in Edinburgh has become the first woman in the UK to have a child following a transplant of her frozen ovarian tissue... [Read More]
Scientists present plan to build a human genome
6 June 2016 - by Rebecca Carr
A group of 25 scientists have proposed an ambitious plan to create a synthetic human genome from scratch... [Read More]
Gene therapy given green light in Europe
11 April 2016 - by Rebecca Carr
A gene therapy for children with a rare but life-threatening genetic disorder that severely weakens the immune system has been recommended for approval by the European Medicines Agency... [Read More]
Surrogacy 'should be treated like a sex crime', says Italian minister
11 January 2016 - by Rebecca Carr
Italy's interior minister, Angelino Alfano, has said that people who use surrogacy should be treated as sex offenders and sent to prison, in the face of Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi’s attempts to grant family rights to same-sex couples... [Read More]
'Worrying' trend in NHS IVF provision
2 November 2015 - by Rebecca Carr
The number of CCGs in England offering the recommended number of IVF cycles to its patients is falling, with two CCGs in Essex decommissioning their assisted conception services altogether... [Read More]
Planned Parenthood to stop accepting compensation for fetal tissue
19 October 2015 - by Rebecca Carr
The US reproductive healthcare provider Planned Parenthood has announced it will no longer accept payments for the fetal tissue it makes available for research... [Read More]
STAP stem-cell findings were result of contamination
28 September 2015 - by Rebecca Carr
Researchers investigating the purported creation of 'STAP' cells have confirmed that the pluripotent cells were in fact derived from embryonic stem (ES) cells... [Read More]
Spotlight thrown on fetal stem cell research in USA
10 August 2015 - by Rebecca Carr
Fetal stem cell research in the USA has come under the spotlight after an undercover video was released of an official from Planned Parenthood discussing how fetal organs are being used in research... [Read More]
Victoria to consider retrospectively lifting donor anonymity
6 July 2015 - by Rebecca Carr
The Australian state of Victoria has revealed plans to extend rules removing donor anonymity to allow all donor-conceived people access to identifying information about their sperm or egg donor, irrespective of the donor's consent or when they donated... [Read More]