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Surrogacy: Isn’t there a better way?

A major consultation on surrogacy is proposing significant – and concerning – changes to the law and regulation of surrogacy arrangements in the UK. Back in 2017, the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission were asked to conduct a review […]

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Surrogacy: asking the questions no-one wants to ask (or answer)

In June, the Law Commission published a consultation document on surrogacy, which is still open for submissions. The premise of the consultation – and indeed of the Government – is that surrogacy is a positive, family-building, option but the current law is too restrictive and needs to […]

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Organ donation opt out plans in England – not nearly as clear cut as it might seem

All adults in England will be presumed to be organ donors unless they have explicitly opted out, the government has announced. The new plans follow a public consultation launched last December. Wales has had a similar opt-out system since 2015 and Scotland also plans to introduce one. New legislation which […]

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Happy Birthday NHS: Let’s not let a national good become a national god

Today (5 July 2018) marks seventy years since the world’s first, free-at-the-point of delivery, universal access, national healthcare system was launched. Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) has become so much a part of the fabric of British life and culture in those seven decades that […]

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Stifling Dissent

Behind the statue of George Orwell, author of Animal Farm, outside Broadcasting House in London, are inscribed the words from his preface to that book: ‘If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.’ Stifling […]