Is age the limit for human-assisted reproduction techniques? 'Yes', said an Italian judge

Matteo Gulino, Arianna Pacchiarotti, Gianluca Montanari Vergallo, Paola Frati

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Abstract

Although use of assisted reproduction techniques was examined by an ad hoc act in 2004 in Italy, there are many opposing views about ethical and economic implications of the technologies dealing with infertility and sterility problems. In this paper, the authors examine a recent judge's decision that ordered the removal and subsequent adoption of a 1-year-old child because her parents were considered too old to be parents. The couple had had recourse to heterologous artificial insemination abroad and decided to give birth in Italy. The judgement deals with and discusses the complex issue of the right to procreate in order to balance the opportunities offered by scientific progress with the unborn child's condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-252
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Health(social science)
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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