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Italian court rules reproductive law 'violates human rights'

Using leftover embryos for research goes to Constitutional Court

Italian court rules reproductive law 'violates human rights'

Rome, December 12 - A court in Florence on Wednesday ruled that an Italian law banning the use of embryos for scientific purposes was unconstitutional. The case, which now goes before the Constitutional Court, regarded a couple who underwent fertility treatments and asked that the leftover embryos be donated to research. Judges ruled that Law 40 violates fundamental citizen rights regarding health and the freedom of research. Parts of the law were struck down this summer by the European Court of Human Rights. The court, based in Strasbourg, said parts of Law 40 that forbade families from screening embryos for ailments were too restrictive and violated the rights of an Italian couple that wanted to screen for cystic fibrosis. The remaining elements of the law still ban the use of embryos for scientific research.

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