Assisted Human Reproduction

A horrific surrogacy case our Health Minister ought to know about

By David Quinn

The most horrific surrogacy case is making its way to the US Supreme Court. It is a perfect storm of practically all of the terrible ethical violations that bedevil the practice, even when it is non-commercial. Health Minister, Simon Harris (pictured), should study the case carefully as he prepares legislation to regulate the whole area...

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Contrary to Patsy McGarry, an embryo IS a human being

By David Mullins

Irish Times Religious Affairs Correspondent, Patsy McGarry, wrote an article last week urging the broadest use of the new techniques available in genome editing that aim to decrease the likelihood of children being born with serious genetic defects. The problem with this process is that it involves a form of experimentation on embryos which destroys...

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Protecting the rights of donor-conceived children

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Paul Cullen recently wrote a long article for the Irish Times about the rights of children conceived artificially through the use of sperm or eggs from anonymous donors. This controversial method, called heterologous fertilisation, raises many moral and legal issues. To what extent does this practice infringe the identity rights of these ‘donor-children’? The Assisted...

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European Court applies the brake to the worst kind of surrogacy

By Patrick Fitzgerald

The European Court of Human Rights has today issued a very important ruling which puts something of a brake on the worst kind of surrogacy. The case involved an Italian couple who used a surrogate mother in Russia to have a child to whom neither of them were biologically related. The Court has ruled that the...

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How Surrogacy Harms Human Dignity: a Talk

Hear a fascinating and in-depth talk by Jennifer Lahl on the history of surrogacy, the industry that services it, and the victims it has left in its wake. The talk was hosted by The Iona Institute. Jennifer is the founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network(CBC) in California. She has 25...

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Why surrogacy is against human rights

Jennifer Lahl of the Centre for Bioethics explains why surrogacy and the use of donor eggs and sperm are against human rights.

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Is it really impossible to prohibit surrogacy?

By Patrick Fitzgerald

Would a ban on surrogacy in Ireland be futile because people would simply travel abroad for it instead? This seems to be the argument of UCG law lecturer, Haley Mulligan, in a letter to the Irish Times. She was responding to Jennifer Lahl who addressed an Iona Institute meeting on surrogacy last week and called for...

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Why all forms of surrogacy are against human dignity

This week, The Iona Institute hosted Jennifer Lahl (pictured) of ‘Stop Surrogacy Now‘, and the Centre for Bioethics and Culture in California. ‘Stop Surrogacy Now’ aims to bring a halt to all forms of surrogacy on the grounds that it exploits women and commodifies children. It is a broad-based coalition involving feminists, conservatives, religious and...

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Why all forms of surrogacy are against human dignity

This week, The Iona Institute hosted Jennifer Lahl (pictured) of ‘Stop Surrogacy Now‘, and the Centre for Bioethics and Culture in California. ‘Stop Surrogacy Now’ aims to bring a halt to all forms of surrogacy on the grounds that it exploits women and commodifies children. It is a broad-based coalition involving feminists, conservatives, religious and...

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We’re approaching the bottom of the slippery slope to eugenics

By David Quinn

Writing in the Times of London today, Matt Ridley objects to people who object to gene editing on the basis that it is the slippery slope to eugenics. With all due respect to Mr Ridley, we are well down that slope already. The writer offers three reasons why gene editing will not lead to eugenics....

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