Assisted Human Reproduction

Should we permit ‘designer babies’?

A new scientific paper says that so-called ‘designer babies’ could be only two years away. David Quinn discussed the ethics of this on Newstalk Breakfast. You can listen to the item here.

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Some hard questions about surrogacy and AHR

David Quinn was on Spirit Radio to ask some hard questions about a new law governing Assisted Human Reproduction and surrogacy.

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Simon Harris must be asked tough questions about surrogacy and AHR

By David Quinn

Health Minister Simon Harris has announced that he is ‘commencing’ sections of the Children and Family Relationships Act for the first time. This law, passed in 2015, governs, among other things, the legal relationships between children conceived via egg and sperm donation, and the ‘intended parents’. Harris is almost guaranteed soft questions from journalists on...

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The grim reality of surrogacy in Ukraine

Irish media often present surrogacy as an uncontroversial option for couples who struggle with infertility but we rarely hear reports about children who have been abandoned by commissioning adults, or about the poor women who have acted as surrogates and regret it. A new documentary by the Australian ABC TV covers the story of baby...

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Assault on the natural ties reaching its logical endpoint

By David Quinn

The attack on the natural ties is getting closer to its logical endpoint now. The Children and Family Relationships Act, buttressed by the upcoming legislation on Assisted Human Reproduction already tremendously downgrade natural family ties, but influential voices want Irish law to go even further in this direction. For example, they want surrogate mothers to...

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Breda O’Brien discusses controversial new surrogacy proposals

Breda O’Brien appeared on Spirit Radio’s Morning Show to discuss a new report from the Oireachtas Health Committee on the fertility industry. In particular she attacked a proposal that would allow surrogate mothers to become pregnant with their own babies and and then hand them over to a commissioning couple or individual, possibly in return...

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The moral contradictions of altruistic egg donation and surrogacy

The Oireachtas Joint Health Committee has just issued a report on Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR). The report is extremely inadequate in its treatment of the ethically questionable aspects of AHR but for the sake of simplicity, let’s examine what seems to be the least problematic forms of AHR: so-called altruistic egg and sperm donation and...

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Health Committee’s surrogacy recommendations would further commodify children

Press Release from The Iona Institute Sleepwalking to disaster if recommendations on fertility industry are followed July 22, 2019  – A new report from the Joint Oireachtas Health Committee on the Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) industry would further advance the commodification of eggs, sperm, wombs, embryos and even children after they are born if its...

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UN report warns against all forms of surrogacy

Both commercial and so-called ‘altruistic’ surrogacy could amount to the sale of children, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children has warned. Our Government normally likes to listen to the UN. Will it do so on this occasion? The report, presented to the UN Human Rights Council, by Ms...

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Time for a bigger spotlight on rogue fertility clinics

We hear a lot in the papers about ‘rogue’ pro-life counselling agencies. But what of rogue fertility clinics? The fertility business is huge and anxious couples pay a very great deal of money in their efforts to become pregnant, efforts that often result in failure. Sally Cheshire, chairman of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)...

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