Human Reproductive Technology Amendment Bill 2007


Bill No.194

SynopsisThe Bill amends the Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991(the HRT Act) in respect of the regulation of embryo research and prohibited practices that relate to reproductive technology.
In summary, the amendments -
  • retain the existing framework in relation to embryos created by fertilisation of human eggs by human sperm. Such embryos can only be created for the purpose of achieving pregnancy in a women. If at the end of the assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatment the embryos are excess to the needs of the people to whom they were created they can be donated for research. Any use of the ART embryos for research will continue to be subject to the strict licensing requirement that are provided in the HRT Act.
  • retain the ban on human cloning for reproductive purposes.
  • allow for the creation of embryos by means other than fertilisation and the use of those embryos for research. Both the creation and the use of the embryo is subject to the same strict licensing that applies to excess ART embryos. Embryos created by means other than fertilisation cannot be developed by any means for more than 14 days and must not be used for reproductive purposes.
  • require the tabling of reports prepared by the relevant Commonwealth Minister regarding the establishment of a national stem cell bank, a national register of excess ART embryos that have been donated for research and the feasibility of a national approach to non-blood human tissue based therapies.
  • require the Western Australian Minister to cause a further independent review of the legislation in three years (which may be undertaken as part of the required review of the Commonwealth Acts).

StatusSecond reading not agreed to 05/06/2008

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Progress

Legislative Assembly DateNote No.Related Documents
Introduced 03/28/2007  
First Reading 03/28/2007  
Second Reading 03/28/2007  
Second Reading Speech   
Second Reading Agreed 08/29/2007  
Consideration in Detail 09/05/2007  
Third Reading 09/06/2007  


Legislative Council DateNote No.Related Documents
Introduced 09/18/2007  
First Reading 09/18/2007  
Second Reading 09/18/2007  
Second Reading Speech   


Other Procedures DateNote No.Related Links
Referred to Standing Committee on Uniform Legislation and Statutes Review  09/18/2007 1 
Legislative Council Second Reading - Committee Report Tabled  10/18/2007 2 
Second reading not agreed to  05/06/2008  


Notes
1. Bill referred to the Standing Committee on Uniform Legislation and Statutes Review as per Standing Order 230A.
2. Standing Committee on Uniform Legislation and Statutes Review Report No. 23 tabled 18 October 2007 (TP 3417).