Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health
General Scheme of Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017: Discussion (Resumed)
Dr. Joanna Rose:
We provide counselling to people prior to adoption. This type of parenting is complex and includes complexities which we do not necessarily have in the more natural types of conception, where such types of third party interventions tend not to be involved. It is a good idea to have counselling but it should be from bodies that do not have a conflict of interest in providing the service. It needs to be for donors, too, and there needs to be a neutral body that understands the significance of the long-term complexities that result, in order to provide informed consent. The only way they can do that is by being in contact with adults around the world who are affected by these practices. How could we otherwise know what are the long-term implications? It is not possible to do this with studies of people up to just 14 years old.