Press Release

Statement by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar

“Legislation on assisted human reproduction, surrogacy and gamete donation is long overdue. I intend to bring a memorandum for an Assisted Reproduction Bill to Government by year’s end.

“I will consult with Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, my Government colleagues and others on the preparation of this Bill. It is likely to deal with the issues of legal parentage, surrogacy, egg and sperm donation, and other related issues.

“Our prime concern here is that any law protects, promotes and ensures the health and safety of parents, others involved in the process such as donors and surrogate mothers, and most importantly, the children who will be born as a result of assisted reproduction.”