Irish government proposes draconian new regulations of IVF treatments
Fertility treatments, particularly IVF have been subject to strict government regulations around the world, but has the Irish government's proposals gone too far this time?
Recently, the Irish government Department of Health has decided to develop a plan to provide IVF treatment for its citizens who suffer from infertility. While this is excellent news, they are also proposing some regulations, that are a bit over the top including...
Up to a year in jail and/or 5000 Euro fines for performing fertility treatments on women over 48
Similar penalties for using donor eggs from women over 35
Prison sentences up to 5 years for participating in gestational surrogacy
One can understand their desire to refuse to cover treatments that would be less likely to result in a healthy live birth, but to threaten jail time for doctors and staff for performing IVF. That makes no sense. Hopefully, these absurd regulations are never enacted.