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BMA responds to embryology bill

15th November 2007

The British Medical Association (BMA) has responded to the introduction of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Bill, with the chairman of the BMA’s Medical Ethics Committee stating that doctors were keen to work with the government to develop the legislation.

Dr Tony Calland expressed the BMA’s delight that the HFE Bill reconfirmed the government’s decision not the merge the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority with the Human Tissue Authority to form a single body – the Regulatory Authority for Tissue and Embryos.

He added that the BMA was also pleased that the government was now proposing the creation of human/animal embryos can go ahead for research purposes with strict control.

Dr Calland went on to highlight the BMA’s recommendations to reform parts of the Abortion Act which makes up part of the bill.

“The BMA will be using the opportunity of this bill to push for amendments to the 1967 Abortion Act. We would like it to be amended so that, in the first trimester (up to 13 weeks), abortion would be available on the same basis of informed consent as other medical treatment.”

Last week, the government announced the publication of the HFE Bill which aims to transform human embryology regulation in the UK to enable the country to continue to lead the world in the field of medical research.

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