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The Italian Constitutional Court modifies Italian legislation on assisted reproduction technology.
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PMID:  20093085     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
On 8 May 2009, the Italian Constitutional Court declared, at least in part, that the law regulating assisted reproduction technology in Italy (Law 40/04) is unconstitutional. The most important theoretical point made by the Court is that the law does not provide unlimited protection to embryos, since it admits that some of them may not produce a viable fetus. Embryo protection is therefore limited by the imperative to ensure a concrete possibility to achieve a successful pregnancy. The Court also reaffirmed the need to empower the attending physician with the means to carry out a full evaluation. At present, the situation is not clear and, theoretically, requires a new intervention by Parliament. This, however, is unlikely.
Giuseppe Benagiano; Luca Gianaroli
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-12-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Reproductive biomedicine online     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1472-6491     ISO Abbreviation:  Reprod. Biomed. Online     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-26     Completed Date:  2010-12-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101122473     Medline TA:  Reprod Biomed Online     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  398-402     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright 2009 Reproductive Healthcare Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Embryo Transfer
Embryo, Mammalian
Legislation as Topic
Legislation, Medical
Preimplantation Diagnosis
Reproductive Techniques, Assisted / legislation & jurisprudence*

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