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IVF – moral, legal and scientific uncertainties in a fast changing world

This week has seen three reports concerning issues which are of significant interest to those involved in the world of IVF, be they prospective parents, clinicians, research scientists or even lawyers. Perhaps the lowest profile was the one with most direct practical effect on potential parents and by no means...

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Fighting for a right to a family life

Frozen embryos – consent to storage – death of the father The sad case of Samantha Jeffries was widely reported in the press recently. It appears to be the latest in a long chain of legal decisions arising from errors in IVF treatment. Despite the fact that IVF and the...

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Woman’s fight to use dead daughter’s eggs

In February of this year we commented on the decision to allow an appeal against the refusal of the High Court to overturn a decision of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, refusing permission for Mrs M to export her late daughters eggs to the USA, where she planned to...

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What price parenthood?

The value we place on a family In an article published in this quarter’s issue of the Journal of Personal Injury Law, Chris Thorne, Partner at Clarke Willmott with a special interest in infertility and IVF issues, explores the shortcomings in the law relating to the inability to have a...

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IVF failings part III

Following hot on the heels of the decision in Re the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Case G), about which we commented last week, Sir James Munby has yet again been obliged to deal with an application for a declaration of parenthood as a result of the failings of...

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More errors in the world of IVF

The Court is yet again obliged to deal with failings on the part of an IVF clinic to properly complete basic paperwork. In October 2015 we considered the thoughtful and compassionate decision of Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, in Re A and others (read our earlier blog) dealing...

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IVF hopes for children undergoing chemotherapy

Cryogenic freezing of ovaries may offer female patients the same chance of parenthood as male patients who have testicular tissue frozen. In December we reported the case of a 9 year old boy from Cornwall, who had a testicular tissue sample stored in the hope of preserving his ability to...

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Appeal to permit a woman to have her daughter’s child by IVF to be heard.

The Court of Appeal has allowed a 60-year-old woman, who wants to use her late daughter’s frozen eggs to give birth to her own grandchild, to have her case heard In 2015, the woman, known only as M to protect the parties, was refused permission by the High Court to...

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NHS IVF Treatment – a postcode lottery

Fertility Fairness report identifies unfairness in the provision of NHS IVF Treatment Fertility Fairness, formerly the National Infertility Awareness Campaign has disclosed the response to Freedom of Information Act requests concerning the cost of IVF treatment provided by the NHS. NICE recommends that women under 40 requiring IVF should be...

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IVF blunders deny parents their legal status

The High Court has finally granted parents whose children were born through IVF legal status of being the child’s parents, after an administrative error at the clinics mean that they were not entitled to call their child their own. Before parents who are either not married or in a civil...

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