February 4, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
UK lawmakers on Tuesday voted in favor of a law that would make the UK the first country to allow an in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique that uses DNA from two women and one man. In the House of Commons, members of Parliament voted 382 in favor of passing the law and 128 opposing it. The ...[read more]
September 24, 2014
by William Helbling
The French Court of Cassation ruled on Monday that a woman is allowed to adopt the child of her same-sex spouse conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF). The ruling by the French high court comes following recently enacted laws regarding same-sex marriage rights. The court held each spouse ...[read more]
December 22, 2012
by Samuel Franklin
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that Costa Rica's ban on in vitro fertilization (IVF) violates the rights to privacy, liberty, personal integrity and to form a family, as recognized under international law. The challenge was filed in July 2011 on behalf of 50 Costa Rican ...[read more]
November 30, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
The Italian government on Wednesday announced that it has appealed a recent decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that the country violated the rights of a couple with cystic fibrosis by preventing them from screening in vitro fertilization (IVF) embryos. The couple, who already ...[read more]
May 22, 2012
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Astrue v. Capato that children conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF) after a parent's death are not entitled to that parent's social security benefits. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced the decision, which agreed with the Social Security ...[read more]
August 31, 2011
by Julia Zebley
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Monday that an Iowa girl born two years after her father's death was not entitled to his Social Security benefits. After the death of her husband, Patti Beeler used in vitro fertilization (IVF) to conceive the child, known as BEB, with her late ...[read more]
August 3, 2011
by Julia Zebley
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Monday filed suit in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to challenge Costa Rica's longstanding ban on in vitro fertilization (IVF). The suit will be filed on behalf of 50 Costa Rican couples who have had to seek IVF procedures in ...[read more]
April 10, 2007
by Katerina Ossenova
The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg ruled Tuesday that a British woman could not have frozen embryos conceived with a former partner implanted without his consent. Natallie Evans and Howard Johnston entered an in vitro fertilization (IVF) program in 2001 ...[read more]
October 30, 2006
by Jaime Jansen
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) announced Monday that it will hear the appeal of a British woman trying to use frozen embryos despite objections from her former partner who fertilized the eggs. The ECHR ruled in March that Natallie Evans could not use the embryos resulting from a 2001 ...[read more]
August 17, 2006
by Joshua Pantesco
Australian Prime Minister John Howard agreed Wednesday to hold a conscience vote on a stem cell research bill allowing therapeutic cloning if a private bill is offered to parliament. A conscience vote is a free parliamentary vote in which members are not bound by party policy. In 2002, following ...[read more]

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