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Woman forced to have three embryos implanted is allowed fetal reduction to save her life

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 08 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:71
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. Rome

    Italians are debating the “medieval” nature of a new law on fertility treatment after a young woman had to have three in vitro fertilised embryos implanted in her womb at once and then abort one of them because of health risks.

    The 26 year old Sicilian woman, who is very short, had a four minute operation at the Ospedale Microtemico in Cagliari, Sardinia, after a court there ruled that if the 11 week triple pregnancy continued, the mother's life would be at risk. Before the court ruling the woman had planned to travel to a …

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