Thursday 23 November 2017

Irish women undergoing fertility treatment can continue to use anonymous donor sperm for at least another year

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Women undergoing fertility treatment can continue to use anonymous donor sperm for at least another year after it was decided to delay new legislation outlawing the practice.

Legislation passed in recent months will mean that would-be parents who attend fertility clinics here, and need to use donor sperm to conceive, will have to ensure the donor is named and traceable on a register.

However, the Government was strongly urged by fertility specialists to allow for a period of transition before it is mandatory.

This is so that people undergoing treatment can proceed with anonymous donations.

A spokesman for the Department of Justice confirmed that this section of the legislation would not now be enacted for another year. He said Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald committed with the full knowledge and agreement of the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, that this one-year period was a transition period.

Irish Independent

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