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Author Index - Philippa Taylor

Philippa Taylor is CMF Head of Public Policy.

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Reducing family conflict: Reform of the legal requirements for divorce (10/12/2018) (13/12/2018)

Under existing divorce law, one of five 'facts' must be proven to show a marriage has broken down irretrievably. The Government plans to remove these and replace it with divorce...
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Engaging the public square (nucleus - Freshers edition)

Arriving at university you will become aware, if you aren't already, of a vast number of ethical issues: drug policies, mental health, abortion, reproductive technologies, genetic engineering, slavery, gender dysphoria, freedom of conscience, end of life decisions and organ donation, to name but a few. My question is: 'Should we...

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HFEA Code of Practice 9th Edition 2018 (14/06/2018)

Published: 23 April 2018 The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is undertaking a consultation on changes to its Code of Practice 9th Edition. CMF submitted a response to several...
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Medical abortion: concerns about taking a pill at home (triple helix - spring 2018)

Medical abortions now account for 62% of abortions in England and Wales, a significant increase from the 30% carried out in 2006. (1) In Scotland 83% of abortions are now medical. (2) President of the RCOG, Professor Lesley Regan, is leading calls for women to be able to take medical...

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Sex education programmes are largely ineffectual (triple helix - winter 2016)

Large new research review Review by Philippa Taylor CMF Head of Public Policy A recent Cochrane review of studies on school-based sex education, combining peer-reviewed data from more than 55,000 young people from Europe, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, has found that the mainstay of the current approach to sex...

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Northern Ireland votes on abortion (triple helix - spring 2016)

Recognising that hard cases make bad law In February, Northern Ireland Assembly Members debated some highly controversial and emotive amendments to a Justice Bill: amendments to allow for abortion for fatal fetal abnormality, rape and incest. Unlike the rest of the UK, the Abortion Act 1967 does not extend to Northern Ireland....

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Draft Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc.) (Scotland) Bill (13/10/2015)

A Member's Bill introduced by Anne McTaggart MSP on 1 June 2015 proposes to amend the law in Scotland on organ donation by providing for decisions to be made on...
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Fears grow over HPV vaccine - how safe is it? (triple helix - summer 2015)

Review by Philippa Taylor CMF Head of Public Policy Recent reports (1) have added to an evolving story of inadequate research into the HPV vaccine that almost every teenage girl in the UK has been given since 2008. (2) Apparently, thousands have endured various debilitating illnesses after receiving the...

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The spectre of excess males (triple helix - spring 2015)

Just as the UK debated the need for a new law to prevent abortion based on gender, the Chinese Government announced its latest population statistics. (1)The report contains the admission that gender imbalance among newborns in China is 'the most serious and prolonged' in the world. (2) At the end...

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Evidence to the House of Lords' Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee on regulations to permit mitochondrial donation (06/01/2015)

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...
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