Philippa Taylor

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Philippa Taylor is Head of Public Policy at CMF. She has an MA in Bioethics from St Mary’s University College and a background in policy work on bioethics and family issues.
Philippa Taylor

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155 animal-human embryos created in the UK – we think

An apparently straightforward question to government last week (20 July) generated an apparently straightforward reply. Lord Alton asked how many ‘cybrid’ embryos (cytoplasmic animal-human hybrid) have been generated with eggs from non-human species in total. The reply was: ‘The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) […]

Medical Students Back Abortion Conscience Rights

“…this is a profession to be proud of” says Anne Furedi, Chief Executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, referring, in some desperation it would seem, to abortion provision.  However a new survey published this week in the Journal of Medical Ethics shows that large […]

Abortion and mental health: is there a link?

This is a question that has been the subject of many a debate in academia, in politics, in the public square and amongst those directly affected by abortion. In an attempt to provide a more definitive answer the Department of Health and the Royal College […]

This week’s hot topic is not PC

This week’s hot topic is not one many people have thought much about. But organ donation, and particularly ‘presumed consent’ (PC), is one we will all have to start thinking much more about in the next five years.  It was one of three debates on […]

Altering the Body: the rise and rise of cosmetic surgery

This week the 90 second daily programme on ethical topics tackles cosmetic surgery, under the headline ‘is it right to alter the body?’ It seems that many are answering ‘yes’ to this. In 2006 nearly £500 million was spent in Britain on nips, tucks […]