Embryonic research: scientists believe “editing” human genomes could also work for other conditions caused by mutations such as cystic fibrosis and some breast cancers. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Catholic Church in Ireland has voiced its total opposition to the use of embryos in research following a breakthrough study by scientists who “edi(...)

The most obvious interpretation of any decision to delete article 40.3.3 is that the people will have decided to completely withdraw constitutional protection from the unborn

Just as one cannot step into the same river twice, a simple repeal of the Eighth Amendment will not take us back to the constitutional position on abo(...)

IUI involves the injection of a prepared sperm from the male partner into the woman’s womb around the time of ovulation.

In approximately one fifth of infertility cases the cause is unknown, in another fifth it is due to female problems, a further fifth of cases are cau(...)

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) granted a research licence to carry out advanced genome editing techniques on human embryos. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The unwillingness of legislators to bring in laws to control embryo research means that any company could begin conducting human gene editing without (...)

For childless couples in particular surrogacy is an option. But it is also one surrounded by great legal uncertainty. And many involved in surrogacy a(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ‘proposing something of a halfway house’ for legislation on assisted human reproduction. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

A week after getting outline approval from Cabinet, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has put some flesh on the bones of his proposals for legislation (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar deserves credit for this first step towards much-needed regulation on assisted human reproduction. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Whatever views there are about the Government’s plans to legislate for assisted human reproduction, it can’t be accused of rushing the issue.Louise Br(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government approved the Children and Family Relationships Bill when it met on Tuesday, according to Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Taois(...)

‘If it is okay to repair faulty mitochondrial DNA, the slippery slope argument goes, then what about other genetic diseases caused by faults in nuclear DNA?’ Photograph: Getty Images

The complex genetic procedures approved by the House of Commons on Tuesday were a headline writer’s dream. No need to get “mitochondrial donation” int(...)

Frozen storage at sperm bank: Irish law has failed to keep up with scientific progress in human reproduction

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in a landmark case concerning the legal motherhood of a child born through a surrogacy arra(...)

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