The Special Status of Mary Warnock: From Fertility Treatment to Embryo Research

Wednesday, 14 April 2021, 5.30PM - 7.00PM (BST)
Online Event
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An online event about the enduring legacy of the late Baroness Mary Warnock. All are welcome – to attend/participate via the web, please register here.

Please note that the correct time of this event is 5.30pm-7pm. (Due to a technical issue some registrants have been sent a confirmation email which contains different timing, please disregard this.)

The event will be chaired by Sarah Norcross, with speakers including Professor Emily Jackson, Professor Sarah Franklin, Peter Thompson and Professor Alison Murdoch. Find out more about the speakers and chair here.

Baroness Warnock (1924-2019), who was a Patron of the Progress Educational Trust (PET), did much to shape the worlds of fertility treatment and embryo research.

Among her contributions, Baroness Warnock led a UK Government committee whose 1984 report – often referred to simply as the Warnock Report – is perhaps the world's most influential analysis of the ethics of assisted conception and related research.

The Warnock Report remains foundational to UK law and policy. The report proposes 'that the embryo of the human species ought to have a special status' – neither equivalent to the status of a person, nor equivalent to the status of a tissue or an organ.

This event will discuss Mary Warnock's own 'special status', including the significance of her life and work to current and future developments in science, medicine, law, policy and ethics.

The event is produced by PET and is sponsored by the British Fertility Society, the London Egg Bank, Theramex and Reproduction and Fertility.

Reproduction and Fertility is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal from the Society for Reproduction and Fertility, publishing research and reviews on basic, translational and clinical reproduction and fertility, across all animals and humans.

If tweeting about this event, please use the hashtag #MaryWarnock

Attendees will not be audible or visible during this online event, but will still be able to put questions and comments to the speakers and chair, via a Q&A tool within Zoom Video Webinars.