Strasbourg court ends part of Italy's reproductive law

Opponents of restrictive norms applaud

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 Coscioni. 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 Bologna. "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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