German politician wants to reform the country’s ‘outdated’ fertility law

A German politician is hoping to open the debate on legalising egg donation and surrogacy, which is currently banned due to a 30-year law

Katrin Helling Plahr, of the Free Democrats (FDP), said in German newspaper, Tagesspiesel, that she believes both processes should be legalised in a seven-page position paper.

Section one of the Embryo Protection Act states that ‘anyone who undertakes to perform artificial insemination or transfer a human embryo to a woman who is willing to leave her child permanently to a third party after birth’ can face up to three years imprisonment or a fine is imposed.

Katrin said: “The Embryo Protection Law is a thing of the past and must be reformed.”

According to news website, the Local, the current laws were put in place to protect a woman’s health.

The current law dates back to 1990, according to the Local website, and Katrin said women should not have to travel abroad for surrogacy where she feels surrogacy is exploited.

But she opposes commercial surrogacy but said it should be made legal for altruistic purposes only – for a friend or sister to help for a woman who cannot have a child of her own.

She is also calling for new rules for egg donation, the creation of a central registry so that children have the opportunity to find out who they are genetically related to.

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