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Strasbourg court ends part of Italy's reproductive law


(ANSA) - Rome, August 28 - Parts of Italy's restrictive
reproductive law were struck down Tuesday by the European Court
of Human Rights.
The court, based in Strasbourg, said parts of Law 40 that
forbid families from screening embryos for ailments were too
restrictive and violated the rights of an Italian couple that
wanted to screen for cystic fibrosis.
Opponents of the law cheered.
"It is time for Parliament to delete the law", said a
spokesman for the organization Luca Coscioni, which works to
support scientific research.
The remaining elements of the law still ban the use of
embryos for scientific research.
"It's a very important victory that gives a hard blow to
the prohibitionist system of Italian law on IVF (in-vitro
fertilization)", said Filomena Gallo, Secretary of the Luca
Lawyer and bioethicist Amedeo Santosuosso called the
judgement "important."
"It recognizes the correctness and reinforces what has
already been said by Italian magistrates."
But it will still take time for the Strasbourg judgement to
take effect, said Eleonora Porcu, head of the Centre for
Infertility and Assisted Reproduction at the University of
"We will now see how to translate the judgement into
Italian law. In the past, similar decisions were accepted after
a long time, and always after a confrontation between the
different positions".
Italy has three months to appeal the decision of the court,
which also ordered 17,500 euros in compensation for the couple.
The four-year-old law has led to many infertile couples
going to fertility clinics abroad.

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