In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Pat McFadden voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus.
In February 2015 Pat McFadden voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease. An October 2014 briefing report by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which had been investigating the issue for three years, stated that there was no evidence to show that mitochondrial donation was unsafe. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.
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