Tuesday, May 06, 2014
The National Health and Medical Research Council is undertaking preliminary research about its Ethical Guidelines, which are the basic licensing requirements of the nation’s IVF clinics. The Guidelines impact greatly on egg donation and surrogacy. I apologise for the layout, largely caused by a template that the NHMRC required to be used. Here are my submissions:
30 April 2014
Project Officer – ART guidelines
Health & Research Ethics
Research Translation Group
National Health and Medical Research Council
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a solicitor in private practice who undertakes surrogacy work in all States and Territories and have had clients from fifteen countries overseas. I have undertaken surrogacy work on a domestic basis in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. I am familiar with the formal requirements of surrogacy/ART law in all states and territories.
In 2012 I obtained a world first precedent defining “conception”, a decision of the Queensland Children’s Court [which defined conception as being the act of pregnancy, not fertilisation]. In addition to my membership of the Fertility Society of Australia, I am one of three Australian members of the International Surrogacy Forum, I chair the Surrogacy Australia Legal Committee, and I am one of 2 international representatives of the American Bar Association’s Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee.
The opinions set out in my submissions are mine and mine alone and not of those of any organisation of which I am a member or in which I hold office.
I am able to provide further assistance to the committee as requested. My submissions are set out and the answers to the template are attached.
Please find attached:
1. The template answers
2. My curriculum vitae
3. My submissions to the Family Law Council dated 3 June 2013 and 28 June 2013
4. A copy of the ASRM ruling
5. A copy of a media report concerning Megan Jane Hooper.