Jun 18, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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MPs support surrogacy Bill, say it is long overdue move

Well this will be a thing of the past thanks to the 2019 Assisted Reproductive Technology Act sponsored by MP Millie Odhiambo.

The act, currently in second reading, proposes the formation of The Assisted Reproductive Technology Authority Reproductive technology that develops standards, regulations and guidelines for assisted reproduction, creates and maintains a confidential national database of persons who, among other things, receive or provide services or sperm and embryos for the service and the means of enforcing discipline among practitioners. < / p>

Parental rights

Attempts are also made to regulate the rights and obligations of those involved in the process.

Substitute motherhood is a practice in which a woman is instructed to to conceive, give birth and deliver the child after delivery. The surrogate mother gives up all parental rights, but this has been exposed to moral and legal challenges.

In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate mother is impregnated with the husband’s sperm through artificial insemination. In pregnancy surrogacy, the woman’s eggs and the man’s sperm are subjected to in vitro fertilization and the resulting embryo is implanted in the surrogate mother.

There is currently no law on surrogacy in Kenya, but the practice is still being carried out.

In the absence of written laws, numerous legal proceedings have been filed even with mutual understanding or written agreements, as surrogate mothers change tunes after childbirth and

While As a woman Odhiambo brought the bill on the floor of the house, advising her that assisted reproduction is not illegal, but there is no legal framework.

“I know there may be many moral and ethical issues raised. But we can’t bury our heads in the sand I read the Bible and found nothing to stop assisted reproductive technology, “she said.

Legislators said many women in society have been abused and ridiculed. “I have been molested by male competitors who have no children,” she said.

Martin Owino, MP for Ndhiwa, said couple infertility has caused economic and social problems in many families.

Good calculation

“This is a good calculation. It will bring dignity to both men and women in families, “said Owino.

Rituael Nyamai, MP for Kitui South, said the law will end the current arbitrary use of technology.

Seme MP James Nyikal backed the bill by saying, “At the moment there is no penalty for the doctor if something goes wrong during this process. But the authority that this bill provides will determine the circumstances in which it can be carried out, where, and the penalties. “Owen Baya, MP for Kilifi North, said the country needed the law as soon as possible. “There are a lot of young girls out here who are being exploited by doctors because their eggs are harvested and they only get 10,000 while the doctor ends up making millions of shillings,” Baya said