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Human Embryos

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department last undertook a review of the scientific evidence of when human life begins that drew on (a) UK and (b) international research; and if she will make a statement. (70406)

Under English law, a foetus is not recognised as being a separate person from its mother. It has no rights independent of its mother until it is born alive and has an independent existence.