The Assisted Human Reproduction Bill includes provisions covering sperm, egg and embryo donation, surrogacy, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), embryo and stem cell research and posthumous assisted reproduction.

Assisted human reproduction (AHR) is notoriously fraught, emotionally, physically and ethically. The desire to have children is deeply rooted in human(...)

The Irish Fertility Society, which represents clinics, consultants and scientists working in the sector, has expressed strong opposition to both pieces of legislation.

Anonymous sperm and egg donation in fertility treatment is set to be banned by next autumn on foot of revised legislation due to be introduced shortly(...)

 Prof Robert Harrison, chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: “We feel that this issue has not been properly debated and that the public have not been consulted on the matter.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A group representing obstetricians has said the Government’s proposed ban on anonymous sperm and egg donations would cause legal uncertainty for medi(...)

‘The proposed piecemeal assisted reproduction legislation is unacceptably proscriptive. The register it proposes represents an intolerable intrusion into the lives of subfertile couples and stigmatises them and their children.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The central pillar of the Children and Family Relationships Bill’s assisted reproduction regulations is an attempt to outlaw anonymous egg and sperm d(...)