Assisted Human Reproduction

Council of Europe body rejects pro-surrogacy report

A report which sought to support greater availability of surrogacy across Europe has been rejected by a key committee of the Council of Europe. Following consideration of the report, ‘Human Rights and ethical issues related to Surrogacy’, the Council’s Social Affairs Committee struck down a draft resolution on the issue, meaning the Council’s opposition to...

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Referendum Commissioner’s comments on surrogacy and adoption deeply contradictory

Press release from The Iona Institute Comments by Judge Kevin Cross on Morning Ireland today concerning adoption and surrogacy seem very hard to reconcile with previous comments he has made on these topics. He told Morning Ireland that the referendum is not to do with either surrogacy or adoption. However, last week he admitted that...

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Government cannot pretend marriage referendum has nothing to do with surrogacy

Press release from The Iona Institute It has been reported today that the Yes side are worried that the surrogacy issue may help to defeat the marriage referendum on Friday. The Yes side are trying to convince the public that the referendum has nothing to with surrogacy. This is entirely false. The Referendum Commission has...

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Iona Institute welcomes Referendum Commission’s latest comments on surrogacy, adoption and AHR

Press release from The Iona Institute Comments confirm that it will become very difficult for a preference to be given to motherhood and fatherhood in certain laws should referendum pass The Iona Institute has today welcomed comments made in various media by Judge Kevin Cross, head of the Referendum Commission, about surrogacy, adoption and Assisted Human...

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Irish figures on overseas surrogacy released

Newly compiled figures show that at least 57 babies born to a surrogate mother have been brought to Ireland by Irish couples since 2008, according to The Irish Independent. The true number for foreign surrogacy may be much higher, given that the compiling of figures has been based on emergency travel certificates, a document required...

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David Quinn talks surrogacy with Newstalk’s Moncrieff

Iona Institute Director David Quinn was on Newtalk’s Moncrieff programme last week talking about surrogacy. In a long interview, Moncrieff and Quinn discussed the differences between surrogacy and gamete donation on the one hand and adoption on the other. Quinn asked Moncrieff to consider some of the unintended consequences that could come about through legislation...

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Newstalk’s Moncrieff: David Quinn on Surrogacy

Iona Institute Director David Quinn was on Newtalk’s Moncrieff programme last week talking about surrogacy. In a long interview, Moncrieff and Quinn discussed the differences between surrogacy and gamete donation on the one hand and adoption on the other. Quinn asked Moncrieff to consider some of the unintended consequences that could come about through legislation...

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Making Babies: Regulating the AHR industry

Our latest paper is an examination of the Assisted Human Reproduction industry. It is a response to the Government-appointed commission on topic and sets out its own, child-centred, recommendations for the industry. An edited version of the paper can be found by clicking on the image to the right. A full-length version can be found...

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