While in Italy surrogacy is considered a universal crime, in Ireland (with a centre-right government) it is regularised.

The Irish Parliament has definitively approved the first law on assisted reproduction that also includes regulation of donations and surrogacy. And here's the best part: while in Italy we are thinking about introducing the universal crime, with the arrival of the bill in the Senate, under the skies of Dublin, the law to regularize it has been strongly supported by the center-right government led by Prime Minister Simon Harris, despite criticism from the opposition.

The Assisted Reproduction Bill, introduced two years ago, provides for a series of rules that govern in vitro fertilisation through to the manipulation of gametes and embryos, or both, for the purpose of inducing a pregnancy. The Assisted Reproduction Regulatory Authority is also introduced into the Act to oversee the licensing of fertility clinics and audits of licensed facilities across the country. The authority itself has a fundamental role in the oversight of surrogacy: it must ensure that the surrogate and intended parents receive independent legal advice and support before entering into an agreement at a clinic (in Ireland or abroad), with full respect for their rights. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has claimed the importance of the legislation, while independent Senator Ronan Mullen has criticised it as a disregard for mothers.

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