Review mulled for amendment to Artificial Reproduction Act

Taipei, The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) said Thursday that it might consider relaxing the Artificial Reproduction Act following news a day earlier that a 62-year-old woman gave birth naturally to a boy late last month.

The woman, surnamed Wu, decided to have the baby after she retired, making her the oldest woman to give birth in Taiwan.

But many questioned how Wu, who has already passed menopause, could become pregnant through artificial insemination, given that the law stipulates that only couples in which one side is diagnosed with infertility or a major hereditary disease are entitled to the treatment. Whether a post-menopausal woman should be viewed as infertile has stirred up debate in Taiwan.

"As the case has triggered concern that it might have violated the law, we will study the legality of the case and review the current law to see whether it is too stringent," HPA Director-General Wang Ying-wei (???) told CNA.

"With the advances in the development of technology, there are more and more older mothers nowadays," Wang said, admitting that "a review is indeed needed to see whether the current law should be amended to catch up with the changing times."

"Although many contentious problems related to child-rearing and ethical issues will arise when older mothers give birth, there are also voices supporting them in society," Wang said. "The case of this 62-year-old woman provides an opportunity for us to review the existing law governing artificial reproduction."

After consulting experts in the field, the HPA will call a meeting in the near future to discuss whether current rules on artificial reproduction should be relaxed, according to Wang, who stressed that the discussions will focus on how to best protect the interests of newborns.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel