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Beginning of Life issues in 2017: what will we be talking about this year?

2017 will be another busy and challenging year on beginning of life issues Abortion October 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act. Throughout the year this significant anniversary will generate media publicity, events, stories from women and will fire up campaigns by […]

Despite the marketing, egg freezing is not all it’s cracked up to be

Despite the marketing, egg freezing is not all it’s cracked up to be

IVF has become an almost routine procedure since the birth of Louise Brown in 1978. So much so that women are increasingly delaying childbirth for various reasons, often with an assumption that IVF will be a back up in case of infertility. Of course for […]

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There are powerful financial vested interests rolling out NIPT for Down’s Syndrome

The government yesterday approved a new test for pregnant women that will make it much easier to detect and search out any babies with Down’s Syndrome (DS) (see previous CMF blog posts here, here, here and here). According to the BBC, the non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) […]

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Three parent baby report leaves many unanswered questions

News has broken this week of the birth of the first baby to be created with DNA from three people, using a controversial new technology. The story has gained particular publicity and notoriety because the technique, developed to avoid passing on rare genetic disorders, is […]

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Gene Drives: the ethics of destroying a species to save human lives

If one had the power to save millions of human lives by exterminating a whole species, could we and should we do so?  Ethical questions like this have been around in one form or another in text books and seminar halls for decades. With the […]