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Italy drops ban on infertile couples using donated eggs or sperm

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2722 (Published 11 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2722
  1. Michael Day
  1. 1Rome

Italy’s ban on infertile couples using donated eggs or sperm has been overturned by the country’s Constitutional Court.

The prohibition, which was stated in article 4 of the controversial Law 40 on assisted reproduction, has prompted thousands of Italian couples to go overseas to pay for egg or sperm donation.

“It was an outdated ban that penalised and discriminated . . . against the right to procreate, as is sanctioned …

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