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Uganda proposes New Surrogacy Standards Pioneering Bill to Shape Future of Assisted Reproduction.

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louis Buyisiwe

Mar 7, 2024

Assisted Reproduction for disadvantaged

"MP Sarah Opendi presenting the Human-Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill in Uganda's parliament, aimed at regulating surrogacy and assisted reproduction practices"
Member of parliament Sarah Opendi emphasized Uganda's potential to become a global leader in legislating assisted reproduction.

Uganda's legislative body has taken a significant step forward by proposing a new bill aimed at refining surrogacy regulations to cater only to those who are unable to conceive naturally due to infertility or health issues.

Introduced by Member of Parliament Sarah Opendi, the bill proposes strict eligibility criteria for surrogacy, setting 18 years as the minimum age for surrogate mothers. The legislation also outlines severe consequences for healthcare professionals who breach these regulations, including up to five years of imprisonment for minor infractions and potentially life sentences for more serious offenses such as the unauthorized use of gametes or embryos.

The bill mandates comprehensive genetic screening for donors, reinforcing its commitment to the health and safety of all parties involved in the surrogacy process. Titled the Human-Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill, it aims to cover a broad spectrum of assisted reproductive technologies by setting standards for the operation of fertility clinics and the management of sperm, egg, and embryo donations and storage.

A pivotal aspect of the proposed bill is its focus on protecting the rights and welfare of children conceived through assisted reproduction techniques. MP Sarah Opendi highlighted the legislation's potential to position Uganda at the forefront of regulated assisted reproduction practices globally, emphasizing the country's dedication to establishing a solid legal framework in this area.

The successful passage of this bill would not only enhance Uganda's stance on reproductive health but also serve as a model for comprehensive and considerate regulation of assisted reproductive technologies worldwide, ensuring the protection and well-being of all individuals involved.

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