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Italians are forced to go abroad for assisted reproduction

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39055.378356.DB (Published 07 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1192
  1. Fabio Turone
  1. 1Milan

    Thousands of Italian couples are having to travel abroad if they need assisted reproduction or preimplantation diagnosis, because of the highly restrictive law in their own country.

    Italy's law, passed in January 2004, restricts assisted reproduction techniques to infertile, “stable” heterosexual couples and bans preimplantation genetic testing for couples who are not infertile, even when the partners carry recessive genes for serious genetic defects such as thalassaemia (BMJ 2004;328:9; 2006;333:934, 4 Nov).

    A survey report presented last week in Rome at a press conference held by the Reproductive Tourism Observatory said that the …

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