Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced that the Health (Assisted Human Reproduction) Bill 2022 will commence Committee stage.

The legislation will now address retrospective surrogacy arrangements with the insertion of a range of new sections.

The Bill, as initiated, provided for domestic altruistic surrogacy but did not contain provisions to regulate surrogacy arrangements undertaken in other jurisdictions.

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This complex and far-reaching legislation will for the first time encompass regulation on a wide range of practices undertaken in this jurisdiction, including:

  • gamete and embryo donation for assisted human reproduction (AHR) and research;
  • domestic altruistic surrogacy;
  • pre-implantation genetic testing of embryos;
  • posthumous assisted human reproduction;
  • embryo and stem cell research.

 

 

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Minister Donnelly said:

Today is a landmark day as the AHR Bill commences Committee Stage in the Dail.

The focus of this Bill is on the regulation, for the first time in this country, of a wide range of assisted human reproduction (AHR) practices.

We still have a way to go before this complex Bill is enacted, but today marks an important milestone in delivering for children and their parent who have campaigned for this legislation.

I expect it will take a number of meetings of the Select Committee on Health to consider given the size and complexity of the newly expanded Bill, which now takes account of international surrogacy arrangements.

I want to acknowledge the exceptional progress made in getting to this point.

This Bill has involved intensive work and cooperation within my department, and also across a number of government departments.

I want to take this opportunity to reiterate my commitment to ensuring that the goal of providing for a route to formal recognition by the State of past surrogacy arrangements or surrogacy arrangements in other jurisdictions is achieved and that a robust regulatory framework for AHR more broadly is put in place, as quickly as possible.

 

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