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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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Government Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill – Prevent Duty Guidance - 30/1/2015

We affirm the importance of free speech on campus, and recognise the potential risk of misuse of higher education institutions as platforms for drawing people into terrorism. However we are concerned that the guidance as currently drafted would have a chilling effect on free speech and freedom of association, wholly disproportionate to its impact...
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Department of Justice, Northern Ireland - consultation on amending the criminal law on abortion - 16/1/2015

The Northern Ireland Department of Justice seeks a change in the law that would permit abortion in cases where the unborn baby has a 'lethal fetal abnormality'. Further, the Department is also considering doing so in relation to cases of rape and incest. Finally, they are considering if there should be a right to conscientious objection for those...
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Evidence to the House of Lords' Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee on regulations to permit mitochondrial donation - 6/1/2015

Regulations to permit mitochondrial donation to prevent the transmission of serious mitochondrial disease from mother to child have been published by the Public Health Secretary. The regulations raise a number of safety, efficacy and ethical issues. We set out some of the more recent safety concerns in this written submission from CMF to the...
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GMC Fitness to Practise Consultation - 26/11/2014

Below is CMF's response to the GMC's public consultation on changes to sanctions guidance and on the role of apologies and warnings. The original GMC consultation page can be viewed here . Section 1: Changes to our sanctions guidance - Not being influenced by personal consequences of sanctions on doctors Proposed change: where action is necessary...
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Public Consultation by The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life - 18/11/2014

With the rise of secular humanism and, in particular, the new atheism, there is in British society generally a loss of historically held belief in the existence of a transcendent communicating God incarnate in Jesus Christ, in biblical authority and in biblical ethics. This trend is combined with an active agenda to impose an alternative secular...
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Equality and Human Rights Commission - Religion or Belief - 18/11/2014

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a major call for evidence from individuals and organisations about how their religion or belief, or that of other people, may have affected their experiences in the workplace and in using the services and facilities they need in everyday life. Read the full survey response here .
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Gambling Commission: Proposed amendments to the social responsibility provisions in the licence conditions and codes of practice for all operators (the LCCP) - 31/10/2014

The Gambling Commission is currently reviewing aspects of its licensing conditions and codes of practice relating to social responsibility. We have raised the issue of a one-stop shop for self-exclusion. Read full submission…
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Response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Inquiry into mitochondrial donation - 22/10/2014

The Science and Technology Committee is holding a one-off evidence session to consider the science of mitochondrial donation and to scrutinise further the scientific evidence on it. The written submission from CMF to the committee is here .
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Response to the Proposed Organ and Tissue Donation (Scotland) Bill - 25/9/2014

Ms Anne McTaggart, MSP, consulted on a proposed bill on organ donation in Scotland, which would move from the current opt-in system to a soft opt-out system. This CMF submission to her consultation questions explains that the Bill is unnecessary, will cost millions, will be highly complicated to administer and is ethically problematic. Read full...
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Response to the Northern Ireland Justice Committee Consultation on abortion services - 12/9/2014

This CMF response comments on an amendment to the NI Justice (Clause 11a (Ending the Life of an Unborn Child)) that would prevent private companies or charities from offering abortion services in NI. There is no evidence that the NHS in NI lacks capacity to deal with the limited demand for abortion services and Marie Stopes International would not...
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