Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Questions (1002)

Cathal Crowe


1002. Deputy Cathal Crowe asked the Minister for Health if proposed reforms (details supplied) to the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017 will be considered. [10320/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As the Deputy will be aware, drafting of a bill on assisted human reproduction (AHR) and associated areas of research, based on the published General Scheme of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill, is ongoing by my officials, in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General.

There was wide consultation with a range of stakeholders in the development of the General Scheme of the AHR Bill and consultation has continued since the Scheme was published in October 2017. I can confirm my Department received written submissions on the bill from the organisation referenced by the Deputy and meetings were also held with representative individuals from the group. All the concerns raised by stakeholders are being duly considered in the drafting process.

The publication of the AHR Bill is a priority for my Department and the Government, and a commitment to enact this legislation is included in the Programme for Government, “Our Shared Future”.