Law and religion round-up – 12th September

Human fertilisation and embryology

On Monday, the UK Government announced that after a consultation to seek views about changing the statutory storage limits for gametes and embryos it has decided that

“the policy which best balances the four tests above is to offer everyone a new approach based on 10-year renewable storage periods up to a maximum of 55 years, regardless of medical need. This policy will provide equity to all fertility patients, irrespective of medical need, wishing to freeze their gametes or embryos.”

It believes that the proposed policy change “will over time simplify the administrative tasks for the regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and for fertility clinics”.

Same-sex blessings and same-sex marriage

At the meeting of the Governing Body of the Church in Wales on 6 September 2021, approval was given to a service of blessing for same-sex partnerships. Continue reading