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Law Commission review on surrogacy

The Law Commission is inviting views on a number of points of law as it relates to surrogacy. Issues in the law that may be in need of reform include:

  • Surrogacy and the single parent: there is no power for the court to make a parental order in favour of a single person (as opposed to a couple)
  • Parental orders: there is potential uncertainty caused by surrogates (and sometimes their husbands) being entered as parent(s) on the birth certificate of a child born as the result of a surrogacy arrangement
  • The regulation of surrogacy: a project could consider the current regulation of each aspect of surrogacy arrangements, as well as the application of the welfare (of the child) principle in surrogacy arrangements

Responses are due before 31 October 2016. Details can be found here.


Nuffield Council on Bioethics - Call for views and evidence on non-invasive prenatal testing

The Council will explore the ethical, legal and regulatory implications of recent and potential future scientific developments in non-invasive prenatal testing, including its use in both NHS and commercial services. The Council Working group expect to report their findings around the end of 2016.

The consultation can be found here.

We have produced a briefing paper on the consultation that can be found here.

See here and here for two blogs about these new tests.

Consultation Closes on 1 August 2016


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