© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/157180908X378409 European Journal of Health Law 16 (2009) 69-79 www.brill.nl/ejhl News and Views Inter-Species Embryos and Human Clones: Issues of Free Movement and Gestation Jacqueline A. Laing * Senior Lecturer in Law, Human Rights and Social Justice Research Centre, London Metropolitan University Abstract Th e United Kingdom’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill , introduced into Parliament on the 8th of November 2007 contains a number of controversial proposals inter alia expressly permitting the creation of inter-species embryos for research and destruction and increasing the scope for human cloning also for destructive research. It is supposed that there ought not to be a blanket ban on the creation of human clones, hybrids, cybrids and chimeras because these embryos are valuable for research purposes. Th e prohibition on the gestation of non-permitted embryos and interspecies embryos is used to generate conﬁ dence that embryos with compromised origins would not be gestated and reared. Th e argument outlined here demon- strates how uncertain are any legal prohibitions on gestation. Accordingly, the practical import of the dis- tinction between compromised embryos for research and the same for live birth is equally dubious. Th e legislation
European Journal of Health Law – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT: CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION; INTER-SPECIES EMBRYOS; HYBRIDS; ARTIFICIAL REPRODUCTION; HUMAN CLONING; DONOR CONCEPTION; MEDICAL ETHICS; BIOETHICS; HUMAN FERTILISATION AND EMBRYOLOGY
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