Letters Reproductive liberty and deafness

Clause 14(4)(9) of embryo bill should be amended or deleted

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39563.495741.80 (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:976
  1. Steve Emery, research fellow1,
  2. Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, bioethicist2,
  3. Anna Middleton, consultant research genetic counsellor3,
  4. Rachel Belk, genetic counsellor and NIHR research fellow4,
  5. Graham Turner, chair of interpreting and translation studies5
  1. 1Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies, School of Management and Languages, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS
  2. 2Philosophy and Religion Department, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC 20002, USA
  3. 3Institute of Medical Genetics, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF14 4XN
  4. 4Faculty of Medicine and Human Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PT
  5. 5Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies, School of Management and Languages, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS
  1. Middletona1{at}cardiff.ac.uk

    Amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 are currently passing through the UK Houses of Parliament.1 Clause 14, section 4, number 9 (lines 23-30, page 10) says that people or embryos known to have a gene, chromosome, or mitochondrion abnormality that confers a significant risk of serious physical or mental disability, serious illness, or other serious medical condition must …

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