On Monday 1 February 2016, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), released minutes confirming that it has for the first time approved an application by a UK scientist, Dr Kathy Niakan at the Crick Institute in London, to edit the genes of human embryos.
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There have been many recent developments in the fertility sector and associated law and practice. It remains a fast moving and evolving area on many fronts.
Infertility affects one in seven heterosexual couples in the UK. Fortunately, there are a number of family building options which can help you have a much wanted child or complete your family.Surrogacy
Surrogacy is legal in the UK but it is legally restricted for public policy reasons. Surrogacy arrangements commissioned in the UK are not legally binding and are not enforceable under contract law. There is also a restriction against commercial surrogacy in the UK.
There is no international harmonisation of surrogacy law and commercial surrogacy is lawful in some parts of the world and restricted or prohibited in other parts. Surrogacy in the UK is legally restricted for UK public policy reasons.
Creating a family through surrogacy is an increasingly popular family building option. Surrogacy enables you to start a family and have a much wanted child.
Informed consent to treatment is one of the most important principles in healthcare and a fundamental feature of fertility law and treatment. It is there to help protect you as a fertility patient, your future born child and others involved in your fertility treatment.
The legal issues associated with giving informed consent to fertility treatment vary depending upon your personal situation – single, married, co-habiting, whether you are using your own or donor gametes (eggs or sperm) and the nature and form of family you seek to create.
The decision to forge ahead with starting a family can be daunting, and even more so when it involves fertility treatment, donor eggs or sperm, surrogacy or if you have a complex personal situation.
Fertility treatment and assisted conception raises all sorts of questions about success rates, costs, treatment options, medical implications, logistics, emotional and legal outcomes. There is a lot to think about.
The New Year is a time to reflect on life and goals for the year ahead. For many, this represents the dream of starting a much wanted family or establishing a positive family life.
The Guardian Weekend article on surrogacy "The kindness of strangers" looks at surrogacy in the UK and debates surrogacy law reform. It brings together a range of voices including intended parents, surrogate mothers and leading experts including comment from Louisa Ghevaert, Head of Michelmores' Fertility and Parenting team.
Our new, specialist Fertility and Parenting Law website provides tailored, accessible and topical information about fertility, parenting and family law in the UK.