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IVF unconstitutional in Ireland?

From Aine O'Connor Sir, The Conference on Assisted Human Reproduction, held at Dublin Castle on 6 February, was intended to be a public consultation. It is proper, of course, that the public should be aware of what science is doing, and should give its prior assent.

Most reports of the meeting in the print media, however, focussed on the utterances of the panel of "experts" and gave minuscule coverage to what the public had to say.

Amongst the important points made was that the taking of human life is part and parcel of 1VF.

It was admitted by Miss Susi Leather, Chairperson of the HFEA (Human Fertilisation Embryology Authority) in Britain, that only 25 per cent of implantations (of human embryos) are successful. the remainder being allowed to perish.

Others at the Conference were of the view that the number of surplus embryos allowed to perish is significantly higher.

Embryos are also selected for destructive experimentation purposes. These acts are the taking of human life, which is pro

hibited by the Irish Constitution.

Yours faithfully, AINE O'CONNOR, Cabra Co Dublin




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