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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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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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Response to Aneurin Bevan University Health Board DNACPR Policy Consultation - 24/6/2014

This CMF submission responds to a consultation document by the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board that seeks to clarify a consistent practice for 'do not attempt resuscitation' decisions. We suggest that evidence-based survival prospects, not subjective value-of-life criteria, should guide the decision-making process. Clinician prejudice, the...
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Submission to the House of Commons Education Committee on Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in schools - 9/6/2014

This CMF submission emphasises the importance of parental involvement with regard to PSHE and SRE provision. Primary school governing bodies should remain free to decide whether or not to provide sex and relationships education and secondary school governing bodies should remain free to formulate their own policies, in close consultation with...
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Submission to the Department of Health on draft regulations for mitochondrial donation - 21/5/2014

This CMF response comments on the draft regulations to permit the use of new techniques that aim to avoid serious mitochondrial diseases through creating three parent children. The submission reflects concerns with the safety of these new techniques for clinical use. If introduced, regulations must ensure that children are fully informed if they...
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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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