Health Ethics and Law (HEAL)

2005-2006 Events and seminars

31 December 2006

Events and seminars in HEAL

On 22 June 2006 Dr Lindsey Brown and Neil Jackson led the discussion on ‘Disability: Grounds for Abortion?’, considering some of the very interesting and controversial issues raised by the Joanna Jepson case (abortion of a foetus with a cleft palate); including the legal issues, analysis of the media coverage of the case, and ethics raised therein.

Dr Brown, formerly a PGR at the School of Law where she undertook her PhD thesis on disability issues, took up a post at the Ethox centre, University of Oxford later in 2006, and is now at the Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol. Neil Jackson is a member of the Public Health and Public Protection academic group within the School of Nursing and Midwifery. It was one of Neil's comments at the third meeting that prompted the subject matter for this session.

On 30 March 2006 Professor Jonathan Montgomery and Dr Caroline Jones presented a case analysis of the recent Strasbourg decision in Evans v UK (on the revocation of consent to the use of stored embryos upon the breakdown of a relationship). This led to an interesting and engaging debate on the issues raised therein.

On 2 February 2006 Dr Romola Bucks presented fascinating research into ‘Informed consent’ which prompted extensive thought provoking discussion. At the time Romola was a visiting Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychology, University of Southampton, and she is now at the University of Western Australia. Her research interests include the exploration of the relationship between capacity, neuropsychological functioning and informed consent for research or clinical practice. Her primary interest is in ageing and/or dementia related fields.

 

Other Events in 2006

HEAL responded to the Department of Health’s ‘Consultation on Draft Research Regulations’ under the Mental Capacity Act 2005’. The ‘consultation letter’ and 'our response' can both be viewed.

HEAL responded to the Department of Constitutional Affairs’ (DCA) consultation on 'Lasting Powers of Attorney - forms and guidance', which closed in April 2006. 'LPA Consultation April 5 2006'.



HEAL UoS network cited in major Report!


Following an extensive consultation on the law regulating assisted conception in the UK, on the 29 March 2006 the Department of Health published the ‘Report on the Consultation on the Review of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990’. A total of 535 responses were received, therefore HEAL UoS were pleased to note that their contribution to the consultation was cited at two junctures in the 88 page Report:
Para 3.3 on the welfare of the child: ‘All clinical decisions involve consideration of their likely consequences. Assisted conception is no different and professionals should be expected to take into account the impact on resultant children, but the welfare principle should not be used as an automatic barrier to services.’

And, para 6.7.1 on the information provided on donor-conceived children’s birth certificates: ‘[T]here is some inconsistency here in the law between the use of donor gametes on the one hand, and adoptees and transsexuals on the other. Anglo-Welsh law professes that a birth certificate records the ‘historical truth’ of a person’s conception/birth. When one is adopted or undertakes gender reassignment the relevant legal provisions ‘mark’ the full length birth certificate accordingly, but the shortened version does not show this. A similar model could be followed re donor conception.’

2005

November 2005: Inaugural meeting of HEAL
A new inter-disciplinary network in Health Ethics and Law at the University of Southampton was launched with an evening reception hosted by the School of Law in November 2005.

 

HEAL responded to the Department of Health ‘Review of the HFEA 1990’, which closed in November 2005. HFEA Review HEAL response.

Venue

University of Southampton

Contact for more information

Name: Dr Caroline Jones

E-mail: caroline.jones@southampton.ac.uk