September 15, 2016
This report was developed under the direction of the Zika Virus Guidance Task Force* of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine as a service to its members and other practicing clinicians. Although this document reflects appropriate management of a problem encountered in the practice of reproductive medicine, it is not intended to be the only approved standard of practice or to dictate an exclusive course of treatment. Other plans of management may be appropriate, taking into account the needs of the individual patient, available resources, and institutional or clinical practice limitations. The Executive Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine has approved this report.Download a copy of this report
September 12, 2016
In July, an Illinois state court dismissed an Ohio woman's lawsuit against Midwest Sperm Bank, which allegedly mistakenly provided her with sperm from Donor 380, not Donor 330. The former donor is African American; the latter is Caucasian. The mother, Jennifer Cramblett is Caucasian and after giving birth to a biracial daughter, sued for the costs of counseling, relocating to a more diverse area, and other damages.
September 02, 2016
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) [https://www.nichd.nih.gov/Pages/index.aspx] at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces two exciting opportunities within the Contraception Research Branch (CRB) and the Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch (GHDB) to serve as a Medical Officer. These are full-time positions based in the Bethesda, MD area.
August 08, 2016
Washington DC - The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) announced today that, in conjunction with The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI), it would launch a research program to provide grant funding for research related to diagnosing, treating and preventing disorders of pregnancy and reproduction related to the ZIKA virus. ACOG is leading a multi-pronged, multi-organization ZIKA effort, with ASRM taking a lead on the research front.
July 18, 2016
At least four cases are working their way through state courts addressing the legal parental status and rights of former same-sex partners who have no genetic connection to the children they and their former spouse or partner had been raising. Maryland’s highest court, its Court of Appeals, reached a decision in one such case in July, Conover v. Conover. Similar cases are pending in Massachusetts, New York, and Florida.
July 01, 2016
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June 24, 2016
In a new final rule published in Wednesday’s Federal Register, FDA has amended regulations on donor eligibility, including the screening and testing of donors of particular human cells, tissues, and cellular ant tissue-based products (HCT/Ps).
June 23, 2016
At 3:00 am this morning and in the midst of a dramatic and hours long contentious sit-in on the House floor over the gun control debate, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to begin to offer IVF services to wounded veterans. HR 2577, is a conference report to fund Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and related agencies and is a compromise between versions of the bill passed in both the House and Senate in the previous weeks. ASRM, working with RESOLVE and a coalition of veterans organizations, successfully lobbied those Members of Congress working to draft the compromise bill and urged them to retain the IVF provision, despite opposition from conservative groups with moral objections to assisted reproductive technologies.
June 22, 2016
The Louisiana legislature passed a bill addressing gestational surrogacy; and Governor John Bel Edwards signed it into law on June 15th. The new law provides for enforceability of gestational carrier agreements, but only if they meet certain requirements. Among other things, the law requires that: the intended parents be a heterosexual, married couple who have undergone a background check and obtained pre-transfer court approval; no donor gametes or embryos are used to form the embryos; and no payment other than reimbursement for actual expenses (including lost wages) may be made to the gestational carrier.
May 24, 2016
Washington DC – The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) today announced the hiring of Sue Gitlin, PhD as its new Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Gitlin will join the ASRM staff in September for a transition period and fully assume her duties in 2017.