Inter-Species Embryos and Human Clones: Issues of Free Movement and Gestation

Inter-Species Embryos and Human Clones: Issues of Free Movement and Gestation © 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Health Law Brill

Inter-Species Embryos and Human Clones: Issues of Free Movement and Gestation

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Martinus Nijhoff
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© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0929-0273
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1571-8093
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10.1163/157180908X378409
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© 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

Journal

European Journal of Health LawBrill

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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