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Monday, June 16, 2014

Plan for surrogate births

A project team of the Liberal Democratic Party has recently compiled a bill on assisted reproductive technologies. It would not only allow donations of sperm and ova from third parties for the purpose of having babies but also conditionally allow surrogate births.

The team hopes to submit the bill to the Diet in the current session, but its prospect is unclear because the LDP is considering other legislation that bans surrogate births in light of the lingering opposition within the party to such births.

Assisted reproductive technologies involve sensitive ethical and legal issues. The LDP team’s draft legislation, put together by lawmakers behind closed doors, failed to address some of those issues, leaving them up for future discussion. Informed public discussions on the issue are indispensable.

Japan currently has no law that regulates surrogate births. The relevant panel of the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry as well as the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology have opposed surrogate births on the grounds that “people should not be used as a means of reproduction.” However, a maternity doctor in Nagano Prefecture is known to have handled more than a dozen surrogate births, while a much larger number of Japanese couples are believed to have had children through surrogate birth arrangements overseas.

The LDP team’s bill would allow an arrangement in which a third-party surrogate carries a fetus to term for the intended parents if the woman cannot become pregnant because of surgical operations or the congenital absence of the uterus.

Surrogate birth imposes a great burden on the surrogate mother. The bill does not specify who would be qualified to become surrogate mothers and what protections to afford them. Surrogacy could involve other problems. A surrogate mother might develop a strong affection for the baby and refuse to give it up to the intended parents. Or intended parents might refuse to accept a child born to a surrogate mother if it has a serious disease or birth defect.

From the viewpoint of people who wish to resort to surrogacy to have children, the bill leaves key questions unanswered. It states that the woman who gives birth in a surrogacy arrangement should be recognized as the mother. The LDP team says it will consider — in the future — a scheme to establish a legal parent-child relationship between a child born to a surrogate mother and the intended parents. The absence of such a scheme would discourage many couples who want but cannot have babies from seeking surrogacy.

The bill would also allow donation of sperm or ova either for artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization. Sperm or ova must be donated by unidentified third parties. But the LDP team has postponed discussion on whether children born this way have the right to know their biological father or mother. There have been cases in which such children have developed a strong desire to find their biological parents and suffer emotionally. Donors of sperm or ova can also suffer psychologically if they are contacted by their biological children.

Japan needs a legal framework on assisted reproductive technologies. But hasty legislation with holes will cause confusion as various problems are inherent to the technologies. The government and lawmakers need to study potential problems and listen to opinions from wide sectors of society.

Couples who want but cannot have children also should remember that adoption could also be an option.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Daddy's Day!!!

My Daddy

My Daddy is a mountain
My Daddy is a sea
My Daddy smiles again and again
I love my Daddy
And I know he loves me
'cause my Daddy is a ray of lite
that warms a winters' eve
My daddy is very special to me
I could not live without my daddy
as he could not live without me.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Israel's Cabinet approves surrogacy for same-sex couples and single people

A bill permitting same-sex couples and single men and women to use surrogacy in Israel has been approved by the Israeli Cabinet. The bill now needs to be passed by Israel's parliament, the Knesset, before it can become law.

Under the current law only married heterosexual couples can use surrogacy in Israel. Same-sex couples and single parents are required to travel overseas and to enter into international surrogacy agreements, incurring extra costs and facing legal complications. Earlier this year the Israeli Government came under pressure from parents after it refused citizenship to babies born through surrogacy arrangements conducted in Thailand after a change in Thai parenthood laws, leaving parents unable to bring their children back home (reported in BioNews 739 and 740).

Elad, from Tel Aviv, whose six-month-old daughter was born via surrogacy, told the Jerusalem Post that together with his partner they went through an expensive, complicated and cumbersome two-year process that involved weaving through the bureaucratic red tape in order to bring their daughter from India to Israel.

'It's very unfortunate that up until now it hasn't been an option for us to be able to go through the process in Israel', he said.

The bill was introduced by health minister Yael German and, if passed, will permit any couple, including homosexuals, to be eligible to use surrogates in Israel if they are under the age of 54 and up to a maximum of two children (reported in BioNews 735). It will also allow single people to use surrogates in certain circumstances.

German said that 'the bill balances the desire and right of everyone to be a parent with protecting the surrogate mother and her rights'.

It is expected that the bill may increase the accessibility of such services to a wider range of Israeli citizens. In 2012, 126 people undertook the process abroad, while only 41 had surrogate births in Israel.

In support of the bill, Ofer Shelah, a member of the Knesset, said in the Times of Israel: 'This is an important step toward changing the face of Israeli society, and raising awareness. The surrogacy law is a significant process toward equality and openness, and from the moment it was presented by the health minister, we promised we would fight without compromising until it passes in the cabinet and Knesset.

'We kept this promise, despite a political struggle that wasn't simple, and we will continue to keep it until it becomes part of Israeli law'.

However, Irit Rosenblum, founder of the NGO, New Family, cautioned that the bill merely pays lip service to the LGBT community and any celebrating at this point would be premature. 'The new bill, with all of its humiliating committees and complex system that deals with agencies and laboratories abroad that have to authorise [the surrogacy], this ensures that there will be no surrogacy in Israel and many people will remain miserable'.

The Cabinet approval overturned an appeal by Housing Minister Uri Ariel. The Knesset is yet to approve the proposed legislation and although members of the Jewish Home party are opposed to the proposal, the Times of Israel published that the bill is likely to be passed. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

SI is closed on 5th June, 2014

SI will not be working tomorrow (i.e.5th June, 2014) hence there could be delay in reply to the emails. 

However, you may always give us a call in an emergency situation.

Dr Sudhir Ajja's Birthday celebration

We celebrated Dr Sudhir Ajja's birthday yesterday.
The theme was super heroes.
Where most of us were Bat Women, a few Super Women and an Angel with Dr Sudhir Ajja being an Iron Man.

Fun filled Lunch. Enjoyed the Day!!!