Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Government must progress Reproductive Bill

Government must progress Reproductive Bill - but with care

The case of the sperm donor left legally marooned after being refused access to a child despite a written contract illustrates the need for the Government to stop delaying the important reproductive technology bill, says National MP, Dr Paul Hutchison.

"Over the last three years, I have written to both the Minister and the select committee requesting careful progress on this bill, which traverses many difficult ethical areas.

"The Government has been particularly dilatory over these important questions, which included sperm donation, in vitro fertilisation and surrogacy. Cloning was inappropriately dealt with in the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act without proper consultation and discussion."

Dr Hutchison, a former gynaecologist and chairman of North Shore Fertility, says that the profession has waited a long time for the legislation and it is important that it is carefully considered by the select committee and Parliament.

"I was surprised to learn that MP Dianne Yates, who has proposed one of two previous reproductive bills, is suggesting it now be passed quickly.

"The Government must progress the bill, but it is vital that full debate over the moral and ethical questions be allowed to occur," says Dr Hutchison.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election