The many issues raised by the IVF debate

The lack of consensus in relation to the moral status of pre-implantation embryos is not unique to Ireland.

22nd July, 2006

The lack of consensus in relation to the moral status of pre-implantation embryos is not unique to Ireland. Debates on this issue are common to all jurisdictions in which IVF is available.

However, the moral issue must be addressed separately from the legal one.

Legislation is clearly necessary in order to address both regulatory and family law aspects of assisted human reproduction, but such legislation cannot answer the ethical question of when life begins.

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