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Submissions

CMF regularly makes submissions to Government and other consultations on issues of ethical importance. All of our submissions are accessible here.

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Submission to Nuffield Council on Bioethics on the linking and use of biological and health data - 22/1/2014

This short submission proposes that routine record keeping of NHS numbers for abortion should be put in place in order to improve care, hold all providers accountable for the healthcare outcomes of their patients and to enable linkage of female patient events to any other hospital or NHS commissioned episode in their life. Read full submission
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Submission to the Department of Health on guidance for Independent Sector Places for the Termination of Pregnancy - 4/1/2014

This CMF response comments on the draft Required Standard Operating Procedures (RSOPs) for independent abortion clinics. These will update the interim RSOPs. Our submission suggests amendments for the RSOPs in order to ensure that the Abortion Act is properly upheld and that women who are considering abortion are offered adequate and appropriate...
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Submission to NICE on guidance on preventing sexually transmitted infections and under 18 conceptions - 4/11/2013

This CMF response reviews and comments on the NICE guidance for sexually transmitted infections and under 18 conceptions. It urges that far more emphasis be given to primary prevention strategies - empowering individuals to delay first intercourse and to avoid unprotected sex and frequent change of and/or multiple sex partners. Read full...
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Submission on children's involvement in research - 31/10/2013

This submission to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics looks at ethical issues arising out of children's involvement in clinical research, such as recruitment to research, rewards, risk and consent. CMF was able to draw upon relevant experience of members in developing countries with a focus on child health and nutrition interactions as well as...
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Submission on Abortion and Babies with Anencephaly - 16/10/2013

A woman who is carrying twin girls with a fatal fetal abnormality has appealed to the Northern Ireland Minister for Health to allow her have an abortion in Northern Ireland. This briefing reviews the medical issues facing pregnant women carrying a baby with anencephaly, the different options available to them and the consequences of any change in...
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Submission to the US Food and Drug Administration on mitochondrial donation - 15/10/2013

The US FDA is reviewing the use of techniques to avoid mitochondrial disorders. This submission raises a number of concerns with the proposed techniques, with a particular focus on safety concerns and potential nuclear-mitochondrial incompatibility. Read full submission...
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Consultation on Interim Guidelines on Prosecuting Cases of Child Sexual Abuse - 3/8/2013

The CPS is planning to take a new approach to cases involving child sexual abuse and the way the police and prosecutors handle cases of alleged sexual abuse. This consultation asked for feedback on the guidelines for prosecuting cases, which are intended to change the way victims of child sexual abuse are perceived. The interim guidelines are here...
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Consultation on publication of abortion statistics: proposals for changes to the annual abortion statistics publication - 10/6/2013

The Department of Health consultation on the collection of abortion statistics will be used to help develop the Abortion Statistics Bulletin. The CMF submission raised concerns about inaccuracy of abortion statistics for fetal disability - which have been shown to be underreported by the National Down Syndrome Cytogenetic Register – and concerns...
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Protection Of Life During Pregnancy (Heads Of) Bill 2013 - 22/5/2013

The Irish Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children requested written submissions from interested individuals and groups in respect of its consideration of the Outline Heads of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013. This draft Bill aims to 'clarify' the law in Ireland in cases of threatened suicide or when the mother's life is...
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Submission to a Inquiry into Abortion on the Grounds of Disability - 11/3/2013

A cross party Parliamentary Inquiry has been set up to review the law on abortion for disability, with a particular focus on whether it is discriminatory or not. The Inquiry is also reviewing whether the current law on abortion on the grounds of disability should be amended or developed and if information and guidance provided to families...
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