Cryogenics case not a precedent – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in burials and cremation, consent, human rights, human tissue, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A widely publicised family court ruling which had the effect of allowing the freezing of the body of a 14-year-old girl does not set any precedent about the rights and wrongs of cryopreservation, the judge in the case has suggested.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th November 2016

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Corporeal freedom after death? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 21st, 2016 in children, consent, divorce, human rights, human tissue, news by sally

‘A great deal has been written about this case but few of the headlines reflect the humanity and sensitivity of the decision, which may not be ground breaking nor precedent setting, but reflects how the law should respond to individual wishes if those play out in a way that cannot harm anyone else. Post-mortem cryonics may have a certain morbid ring, but it is a matter of individual choice, provided the resources are there to pay for it. As the judge observed, it was:

“no surprise that this application is the only one of its kind to have come before the courts in this country, and probably anywhere else. It is an example of the new questions that science poses to the law, perhaps most of all to family law.”‘

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th November 2016

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Is There A Human Right To Cryogenically Freeze Your Body? – RightsInfo

‘The mother of a dying girl has been given the right to cryogenically freeze her daughter’s body after her death, in the hope that she will one day be resurrected and cured. What are the human rights implications?’

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RightsInfo, 18th November 2016

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14-year-old girl who died of cancer wins right to be cryogenically frozen – The Guardian

Posted November 18th, 2016 in cancer, children, consent, human tissue, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A 14-year-old girl who said before dying of cancer that she wanted a chance to live longer has been allowed by the high court to have her body cryogenically frozen in the hope that she can be brought back to life at a later time.’

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The Guardian, 18th November 2016

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Judge allows paternity test for DNA disease analysis – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 22nd, 2016 in cancer, DNA, family courts, genetic testing, human tissue, news, paternity by tracey

‘Spencer v Anderson (Paternity Testing) [2016] EWHC 851 (Fam). A fascinating case in the Family Division throws up a number of facts that some may find surprising. One is that this is the first time the courts in this country have been asked to direct post-mortem scientific testing to establish paternity. The other is that DNA is not covered by the Human Tissue Act, because genetic material does not contain human cells. One might wonder why the statute doesn’t, given that DNA is the instruction manual that makes the human tissue that it covers – but maybe updating the 2004 law to cover genetic material would create more difficulties than it was designed to resolve.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th April 2016

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Court lets mother appeal against ban on using dead daughter’s frozen eggs – The Guardian

Posted February 24th, 2016 in appeals, grandparents, human tissue, news, surrogacy by sally

‘A mother has been granted permission to appeal against a legal ban on her using her dead daughter’s frozen eggs in order to give birth to a grandchild.’

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The Guardian, 24th February 2016

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Coroners must send bodies for scans rather than autopsies if religion demands they stay intact, High Court rules – The Independent

Posted July 29th, 2015 in coroners, human rights, human tissue, injunctions, judicial review, news by sally

‘Coroners must send bodies for scans or blood tests rather than carry out invasive autopsies if the deceased’s religion demands the corpse must stay intact, the High Court has ruled, in a landmark legal victory for the religious rights of Jews and Muslims.’
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The Independent, 28th July 2015

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How do we resolve reproductive material disputes? – OUP Blog

Posted June 24th, 2015 in human tissue, news, pregnancy by sally

‘Recent scientific advances have enabled us to have more control than ever over how and when we reproduce. However, these developments have resulted in serious legal discussions, raising the question: Do we lose the right to control what happens to our reproductive materials once they have left our body? Here, Jesse Wall discusses the courts’ different approaches for such disputes and the justification for their decisions.’

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OUP Blog, 22nd June 2015

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Swindon placenta smoothie maker ‘will not fight ban’ – BBC News

Posted May 6th, 2015 in birth, environmental health, food, health & safety, human tissue, news by sally

‘A woman who was banned from using raw placenta to make smoothies for new mothers, has said she cannot afford the legal battle to fight her case.’

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BBC News, 5th May 2015

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Smoothie court case leaves nasty taste in the mouth for placenta fans – The Independent

Posted March 23rd, 2015 in birth, environmental health, food, health & safety, human tissue, news by sally

‘Swindon Borough Council argue ‘the processes involved in the production of placenta for human consumption present a number of potentially serious health risks”

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The Independent, 20th March 2015

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Hertfordshire placenta smoothies firm ban over ‘health risk’ – BBC News

Posted May 16th, 2014 in food, health, human tissue, news by sally

‘A company cannot process raw placentas for new mothers to eat, after a judge ruled it posed a “health risk”.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2014

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Crohn’s patient Lizzie Rose loses egg-freezing case – BBC News

Posted April 16th, 2014 in assisted reproduction, health, human tissue, judicial review, news by tracey

‘A woman with Crohn’s disease has lost a legal challenge against a decision to refuse NHS funding to freeze her eggs.’

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BBC News, 15th April 2014

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Life after death – New Law Journal

‘Jonathan Herring explores a clear case of compassion from the courts.’

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New Law Journal, 4th April 2014

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Warren v Care Fertility (Northampton) Ltd and another – WLR Daily

Posted March 20th, 2014 in assisted reproduction, consent, human tissue, law reports, time limits, widows by tracey

Warren v Care Fertility (Northampton) Ltd and another: [2014] EWHC 602 (Fam);  [2014] WLR (D)  135

‘Pursuant to section 3 of the Human Rights Act 1998, regulation 4(3)(b) of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Statutory Storage Period for Embryos and Gametes) Regulations 2009 was required to be construed in a purposive way so as to ensure compatibility with rights under article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.’

WLR Daily, 6th March 2014

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Frozen sperm fight ends in victory – BBC News

Posted March 14th, 2014 in assisted reproduction, consent, human tissue, married persons, news by tracey

‘A widow’s legal battle to keep her dead husband’s frozen sperm is finally over after the fertility regulator said it would not take the case back to the courts.’

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BBC News, 13th March 2014

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High Court rules dead partner’s sperm can be kept despite lack of written consent – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Elizabeth Warren -v- Care Fertility (Northampton) Limited and Other [2014] EWHC 602 (Fam). The High Court has ruled in favour of a 28-year-old woman who wanted her late husband’s sperm to be retained even though the correct written consent was not in place. Mrs Justice Hogg (“Hogg J”) ruled that Mrs Warren has a right under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right to respect for private and family life) to decide to become a parent by her deceased husband.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th March 2014

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Widow wins battle over late husband’s sperm – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 7th, 2014 in assisted reproduction, consent, human tissue, married persons, news by tracey

‘Physiotherapist Beth Warren, 28, from Birmingham, today won a High Court   battle with the UK fertility regulator. A judge ruled in Mrs Warren’s favour after a trial in London. But Mrs Justice Hogg gave the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) the go-ahead to take the case to the appeal court.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th March 2014

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Beth Warren waits on sperm legal fight result – BBC News

Posted March 6th, 2014 in assisted reproduction, human tissue, married persons, news, time limits, widows by tracey

‘The High Court will rule later on a widow’s attempt to prevent her dead husband’s sperm from being destroyed.’

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BBC News, 6th March 2014

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Widow begins case to keep dead husband’s sperm – The Independent

Posted February 3rd, 2014 in assisted reproduction, human tissue, married persons, news, time limits, widows by tracey

‘A widow’s High Court case to preserve her late husband’s sperm has begun.’

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The Independent, 31st Janaury 2014

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Baby’s organs ‘were kept for 15 years’, says mum – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2014 in children, consent, human tissue, news, pathologists by sally

‘The mother of a baby who died from cot death in 1998 has said his organs were kept for 15 years without her consent.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2014

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