The General Scheme of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill was approved by the Government on 3rd October 2017.

In the Government’s own words, the purpose of the Bill ‘is to provide for the regulation of a range of practices, including: gamete (sperm or egg) and embryo donation for assisted human reproduction (AHR) and research; surrogacy; pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) of embryos; posthumous assisted reproduction; and embryo and stem cell research. The General Scheme also provides for an independent regulatory authority for AHR.
An important aim of the legislation is promote and ensure the health and safety of parents, and children born as a result of AHR treatment, as well as other parties who may be involved such as donors and surrogates. In this regard consideration of the welfare and best interests of children born through AHR is a key principle underpinning the Scheme.’

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