Surrogacy has been called “the fertility treatment time forgot”. While the law governing other fertility treatments has evolved in response to scientific, technological and social changes, British surrogacy law has remained fundamentally unaltered for 30 years. Intended parents, surrogates, some MPs and many within the legal profession now agree it must be changed. But while some advocate the adoption of a commercial model similar to that seen in some US states, Natalie Smith and SUK (of which she is now a trustee) vehemently resist this, arguing in a report released this week that altruism must remain at the heart of British surrogacy law. “The whole ethos of SUK is ‘friendship first’,” Smith says. “We must avoid reforms that would embed a commercial approach: contracts, transactions, profiteering.” … [Read more...] about The kindness of strangers: should surrogates get paid?
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Weddings and the law 1754: Lord Hardwicke's Marriage Act introduces a minimum marital age of 21 without parental consent in England but the law does not apply in Scotland 1856: Lord Brougham's Act, sometimes known as "the cooling-off act" stipulates a three-week residency in Scotland prior to the marriage for at least one half of a marrying couple for the marriage to be legal 1929: Minimum age for marriage throughout Britain is set at 16, but in England parental consent is still required under 21 and not in Scotland 1940: Marriage by declaration - where anyone could perform a ceremony - is outlawed in Scotland. Weddings can only occur in either a church or registry office but informal blessings "over the anvil" become a popular complement 1977: The marriage age in England without parental consent drops to 18, Lord Brougham's Act is repealed and religious weddings can happen outside a Scottish church 2002: In Scotland civil weddings are allowed outside a registry office in "approved" … [Read more...] about Gretna Green: The bit of Scotland where English people go to get married
It cannot have been an easy stance for an incoming coach to take. Both characteristics reflect well on his, but also the game’s cherished values. Sanzaar’s bosses need to show the same level of empathy – settle for a bunch of Bledisloes, allow the Argentines to focus on their families, and let South Africa do their own thing. If 2020 has taught us all anything, it is that there is more to life than money. … [Read more...] about Common sense goes out of the window with plans to stage Rugby Championship this year
Two Congolese nationals, a Malawian and a Zambian were arrested on Wednesday during a routine border post check as they entered Zimbabwe with the apes in a truck, Tinashe Farawo, a spokesman for the Zimbabwean parks and wildlife authority said on Friday. … [Read more...] about More than 25 apes trafficked from Congo recovered in Zimbabwe
Meanwhile, Kenya Airways has resumed international flights to about 30 destinations for the first time since routes were suspended in March due to the pandemic. The airline's chief executive officer said the carrier was resuming international flights following demand. Kenya Airways, in which Air France KLM holds a small stake, already resumed domestic flights in mid-July. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus digest: WHO expects ‘lengthy’ pandemic