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|Thursday, December 13, 2012|
Italy court strikes down ban on embryonic research
Dan Taglioli at 10:02 AM ET
Law 40 has been controversial due to its ban on in vitro fertilization, a type of fertility treatment for couples who have had difficulty conceiving children or wish to avoid passing genetic traits on to their children. In November the Italian government appealed a ruling [JURIST report] by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website], which struck down [judgment, in French] parts of Law 40 in August. In that case, a couple already having one child with cystic fibrosis brought suit after seeking an embryo screening as a precautionary method for future children. The ECHR ruling that denying the couple access to such a screening violates Article 8 of theEuropean Convention on Human Rights for failing to recognize the right to privacy and family life. The ECHR ordered the Italian government to pay the couple €17,500 (USD $21,900) in damages and court fees.
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