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dadams
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« on: March 05, 2009, 09:48:10 PM »

The government in South Australia has been pushing some new amendments to the Reproductive Technologies Act here in SA.
One independent MP put forth his own amendments to give donor offspring more rights by bringing the legislation more in-line with that enjoyed by adoptees, in that if it was deemed in the welfare of the child that they had the possibility of obtaining identifying information.
2 other MPs stood up and voiced their support.
This amendment was defeated.
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2009, 06:44:24 AM »

Are the other amendments worthwhile?

Is there anywhere we can see the debate about why the additionally proposed amendments about donor offspring rights were defeated?
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2009, 08:23:20 AM »

The arguements around the rejection is a bit long to put on here but can be found here:
http://hansard.parliament.sa.gov.au/pages/loaddoc.aspx?eD=2009_03_03&c=45&e=1

These are the basic outlines of the amendments as written in the hansard from late last year.
From the hansard:
the proposed bill will amend the Reproductive Technology (Clinical Practices) Act 1988 by:

renaming the Reproductive Technology (Clinical Practices) Act 1988 as the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 1988

ensuring that the welfare of the woman and the 'best interests of the child' are of fundamental importance in the application of the act and in the provision of assisted reproductive treatment

requiring clinics to continue to comply with the national accreditation and licensing scheme and the NHMRC Ethical Guidelines

removing anti-competitive licensing conditions

replacing the current licensing scheme with a registration scheme

dissolving the SA Council on Reproductive Technology

deleting the marital requirement for access to ART, to ensure consistency with the Pearce judgment in 1996

continuing to allow medical practitioners to provide assisted insemination, but extending ability to provide assisted insemination to other defined health professionals provided they are authorised by the minister to do so

extending access to ART to those at risk of transmitting serious infective conditions such as HIV

providing for the posthumous use of sperm under limited prescribed circumstances

allowing for the establishment of a donor conception register

providing for a review of the act after five years.
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