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New UAE health law bans human cloning, mercy killing

Medical Responsibility Law introduces healthcare reforms with immediate effect

New UAE health law bans human cloning, mercy killing

Attempts at cloning human cells and tissue are banned under the UAE’s new medical responsibility law that took effect this week.

It was reported on Tuesday that the UAE was planning changes to health legislation that would permit a patient to die naturally if all treatment has failed or at least three doctors have advised against resuscitation.

Under the changes, doctors would not face prosecution for failing to resuscitate dying patients in particular circumstances.

However, Gulf News reported on Wednesday that the legal changes are already in place, following a decree issued in August by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The law bans cloning humans or human cells as well, the newspaper reported, and imposes an outright ban on euthanasia or ‘mercy killing’, even if the dying patient has given consent.

The law also bars use of humans as medical research subjects without prior written approval from authorities, it was reported.

Under the legislation, couples are permitted to use birth control with consent of both parties, but preventing pregnancy entirely is banned unless advised by at least three specialist doctors that pregnancy and giving birth endanger the life of the mother. The same rules apply for abortion, Gulf News said.

And the law allows gender reassignment surgery if supplied as treatment for gender dysphoria by specialists.

Violators of the law will face up to ten years in jail and/or hefty fines, according to the report.

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