R (On the application of Quintavalle) v. Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
Great Britain. England and Wales. Supreme Court of Judicature, Court of Appeal.
Family Law Reports 2003; 2003(2): 335-372
Court Decision:  2 Family Law Reports 335; 2003 May 16 (date of decision). The Court of Appeal held that tissue typing was not prohibited by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 in all cases. Where tissue typing was done to ensure that the embryo did not suffer from serious genetic defects, such diagnosis was done for the purpose of facilitating a pregnancy. Mr. and Mrs. Hashmi were the parents of a son suffering from beta thalassaemia major. The Hashmis sought to use tissue typing prior to implantation to identify an embryo to use to treat their son. The Court of Appeal found that the Act did not prevent the parents from seeking to determine whether the embryo was unsuitable, either because of genetic defects or tissue incompatibility. Parliament intended the licensing authority to resolve this issue. [KIE/ECL]
Date of Decision: 16 May 2003
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