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(...)

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Ruth and her fiance had been trying for a baby for about two years before they started IVF when she was 34. File photograph: Getty Images

The day Ruth drove her car up to Howth harbour in Co Dublin and contemplated driving off the side, she realised it was time to stop preparing for a th(...)

Medical genetic disorders affect about one person in 25.  Photograph: AP

The work on the repair of a gene in human eggs, reported in the journal Nature, is an important scientific achievement. It made use of “Crispr” (clust(...)

Cork woman Maria O’Sullivan (41) is the mother of two children conceived through a sperm donor, Zavier (5) and Aurora (20 months). Her eldest daughter, Freya (all pictured), who was conceived naturally, had just turned nine when she decided to look into sperm donation. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

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First twins born in Ireland as a result of the use of pre-implantation genetic screening. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On the day of her first appointment at a Dublin fertility clinic, Linda saw a sign in the waiting room inviting those who had had three or more faile(...)

An Irish  couple are celebrating the birth of a child after using a new embryonic screening technique. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A couple are celebrating the birth of a child after using a new embryonic screening technique. The baby is the first to be born in Ireland using the t(...)

 The baby girl is the first child to be born free from Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome in Ireland after undergoing Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) for the rare inherited disease. Photograph: Getty Images

An Irish couple who discovered they were both carrying a potentially fatal gene when their first baby died have become proud parents of a girl free fr(...)

Health professionals say genetic screening technology can play a vital role in preventing miscarriages and the inheritance of debilitating genetic conditions. File photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

An Irish newborn has become the first reported case in the world of a baby born free of an extremely rare fatal condition despite both of her parents (...)

‘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(...)

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