‘Dr Evil’: Wolverhampton tattooist jailed for tongue-splitting – BBC News

Posted March 22nd, 2019 in grievous bodily harm, human tissue, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A body modification artist known as Dr Evil has been jailed for carrying out ear and nipple removals and splitting a customer’s tongue.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2019

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Organ preservation, cryonics and charity law: Hipkiss – Law & Religion UK

Posted September 20th, 2018 in charities, human tissue, news, rectification, tribunals by tracey

‘In November 2016, the BBC carried the story Terminally-ill teen won historic ruling to preserve body, following the lifting the territorial reporting restrictions which existed until one month after the death of the teenager concerned, a girl referred to as “JS”: see JS (Disposal of Body), Re [2016] EWCH (Fam). We noted the case here and looked at some of the more general practicalities of regulating cryogenic preservation – the storage of the brains and/or bodies of legally-dead humans at low temperatures. In the aftermath of the ruling in JS, the Charity Commission for England and Wales decided in 2017 to remove the Human Organ Preservation Research Trust (HOPRT) from the Register; and in Hipkiss v Charity Commission for England & Wales [2018] FTT (Charity) CA/2017/0014, Mr Graham Hipkiss, its sole remaining trustee, succeeded in an appeal to the First Tier Charity Tribunal against the order of the Commission.’

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Law & Religion UK, 17th September 2018

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Posthumous conception: a legacy in life, incapacity and death – Family Law Week

Posted August 31st, 2018 in assisted reproduction, consent, human tissue, married persons, news by tracey

‘Louisa Ghevaert and Michael Mylonas QC consider the ground breaking decision in Y v A Healthcare NHS Trust and others [2018] EWCOP 18.’

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Family Law Week, 21st August 2018

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‘A crisis for human rights’: new index reveals global fall in basic justice – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2018 in human tissue, news, rule of law, statistics by sally

‘Fundamental human rights are reported to have diminished in almost two-thirds of the 113 countries surveyed for the 2018 Rule of Law Index, amid concerns over a worldwide surge in authoritarian nationalism and a retreat from international legal obligations.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2018

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Families buried wrong bodies after NHS mortuary mix-ups, study reveals – The Independent

Posted November 24th, 2017 in burials and cremation, hospitals, human tissue, mistake, news, reports by tracey

‘Families have been given the wrong bodies to bury or cremate due to serious errors in hospital mortuaries, a study has revealed. Analysis of 132 serious mortuary incidents reported by the NHS between 2002 and 2013 found nine cases where the wrong body was released and had to be exhumed after burial or cremation.’

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The Independent, 24th November 2017

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Hundreds of families block organ donation – BBC News

Posted October 20th, 2017 in consent, families, human tissue, news by sally

‘Organs from 505 registered donors could not be made available for transplant in the last five years because of objections from relatives.’

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BBC News, 19th October 2016

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Hull baby ashes inquiry: 57 parents not given ashes back – BBC News

‘Up to 57 families were not given the ashes of babies who were cremated, an investigation has found.’

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BBC News, 25th July 2017

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Planning for Death, A Child’s Wishes and Re JS (Disposal of Body) [2016] EWHC 2859 (Fam) – Family Law Week

Posted December 16th, 2016 in burials and cremation, children, consent, human tissue, news, parental rights by tracey

‘Louise Spalding, Associate Solicitor with Mills & Reeve LLP, considers the court’s powers to enable a 14-year old girl to make preparations for the post-death disposal of her body.’

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Family Law Week, 15th December 2016

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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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