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Extend Embryo Destruction statutory cooling-off period by 1-year due to COVID

Submitted by Louise Knight on Monday 22nd February 2021

Published on Tuesday 6th April 2021

Current status: Closed

Closed: Wednesday 6th October 2021

Signatures: 8

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Petition Action

Extend Embryo Destruction statutory cooling-off period by 1-year due to COVID

Petition Details

COVID National Restrictions and court closures have meant the statutory 1-year cooling-off period following order to Destroy Embryos against one parties’ will has not been able to be utilised.

Additional Information

With many lawyers not accepting work, courts closed, national travel restrictions, face-face mediation has been impossible. Like many women, the law has put me in a position where I have had to fertilise my PRIVATELY harvested eggs due to the seemingly-arbitrary 10 year egg thawing law. This situation has put me at great personal risk. Less than a year after creation 5-day embryos (foetus/placenta visible) are to be destroyed. For me, and many others including those with cancer, storing embryos can be the ONLY chance to have a child.


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