On 6 March, the Official Gazette in Turkey published new legislation which makes it a criminal offence for women to undergo artifi cial insemination abroad. A woman convicted of the offence faces a three-year prison sentence. It was already an offence to donate sperm or eggs but, until recently, women had been able to conceive abroad with donated sperm or eggs without fear of prosecution. The new law enshrines Article 231 of the Turkish Criminal Code which makes it an offence to conceal the paternity of a child. The Turkish Government argues that, if a child is conceived used a donated egg or sperm, the child may not know the identity of his/her father or grandfather, and this breaks the law.