Dáil Éireann - Volume 626 - 01 November, 2006
Written Answers. - Assisted Human Reproduction.
Mr. Naughten Mr. Naughten
Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Health and Children the status of the report of the Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [35186/06]
Ms Harney Ms Harney
Ms Harney: The Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction was established in March 2000. Its terms of reference were: to prepare a report on the pos sible approaches to the regulation of all aspects of assisted human reproduction and the social, ethical and legal factors to be taken into account in determining public policy in this area.
The Commission conducted an intensive and analytical examination of AHR issues, and its conclusions derive from this wide research. Its report was prepared after twenty three meetings. It also consulted widely and sought submissions from the public. The Commission’s report was published in May last year and the Government decided to refer the report to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children. This process was intended to allow for further consideration of the complex issues involved and the Committee’s report, along with the report of the Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction, will help to inform future policy in this area.
In the meantime, I have instructed my Department to prepare a policy proposals framework, as a first step in the process of development of appropriate legislation governing Assisted Human Reproduction in Ireland.
Dáil Éireann 626 Written Answers. Assisted Human Reproduction.