Warnock Committee: UK Agonizes on Embryo Research
Nature. 1985 Feb 7; 313(6002): 424.
The British government is being deluged with conflicting advice on how to respond to the Warnock committee's proposals on in vitro fertilization (IVF) and related matters. While the government's response has been slow in coming, the House of Commons is proceeding to a second reading of a bill that would place tight restrictions on the therapeutic use of IVF and outlaw the scientific study of human embryos. The Law Society has submitted a proregulatory memorandum that goes further than the Warnock committee in placing limits on artificial insemination by donor, surrogate motherhood, and embryo research. The Medical Research Council, in contrast, has called for adding some flexibility to the Warnock committee's 14-day endpoint for embryo study and for setting up a licensing authority to issue amendable codes of practice in lieu of one-time legislation to define limits. (KIE abstract)
Artificial Insemination; Embryo Research; Embryo Transfer; Embryos; Fetal Research; Government; Government Regulation; In Vitro Fertilization; IVF; Law; Legislation; Mothers; Medical Research; Organizations; Political Activity; Professional Organizations; Public Policy; Regulation; Reproductive Technologies; Research; Surrogate Mothers;
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