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Other Reproductive Medicine Issues

This Web page contains links to miscellaneous U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcements that ASRM felt were relevant enough to archive on the ASRM Web Site. You can visit the FDA's web site at 

Scientists Debate Boundaries, Ethics of Human Gene Editing

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 01, 2015

Rewriting your DNA is getting closer to reality: A revolutionary technology is opening new frontiers for genetic engineering - a promise of cures for intractable diseases along with anxiety about designer babies.

Nobel Laureate Blackburn Named Salk Institute's New President

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 20, 2015

Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Ph.D., a 2009 Nobel laureate who has specialized in telomere and telomerase research, was named the new president of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies today, effective January 1, 2016.

Who Should Really Pay for Plan B if the Condom Breaks?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine November 20, 2015

Since 2009, when Plan B first became available over-the-counter for men and women 17 and up (and later without an age restriction in 2013), the morning-after pill has been a life-changing option for many couples who forget to pull out or have a condom break while they're getting it on. In fact, according to 2013 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 11% of women have used Plan B after having sex.

Nation’s Infertility Physicians Call for End of Coverage Ban on IVF for Veterans; ASRM/SART Announce Discounted Service Program to Fill the Void

Press Releases November 11, 2015

Washington DC – Calling the current ban on the Veterans Administration ability to provide medically-indicated infertility coverage for veterans “antiquated and unconscionable,” the nation’s fertility doctors today called on Congress to lift the statutory prohibition on covering In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). However, saying they could no longer stand by and do nothing, they also announced that many of the country’s leading infertility clinics would be offering deeply discounted care to veterans whose service-related injuries had impaired their fertility.

ASRM and SART Announce “Serving Our Veterans” Program

ASRM Bulletins November 11, 2015

Today on Veterans’ Day, ASRM and SART have announced the “Serving Our Veterans” Program under which participating clinics are offering discounts to injured veterans in need of IVF services in response to the inability of Congress to pass legislation to provide this care.

A Legal Primer on Fertility Law in Canada

Legally Speaking November 11, 2015

There has never been a time when Canada’s fertility laws have been more relevant to the international community. Various international surrogacy destinations such as India and Nepal have very recently closed their borders to foreigners looking for surrogacy services, creating demand for these services in other jurisdictions. Recently, many seeking to engage in surrogacy are considering Canada because of its high quality healthcare services, proximity to the United States, and LGBT-friendly laws and attitudes. However, only altruistic surrogacy and egg donation are permissible in Canada; and therefore some Canadians seek various ART services in the United States.  

Last Chance to Register for ASRM Advocacy Academy

ASRM Bulletins November 02, 2015

Time is running out to register for the inaugural ASRM Advocacy Academy to be held Dec 8-10 in Washington, DC! We had a great deal of interest about this event at our Annual Meeting, and so we are sending out a final reminder about the registration process.   

Do People Really Know Their Own Ethnicity?

Press Releases October 21, 2015

Baltimore MD – A study presented today at the 71st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) called into question whether people’s perception of their own ethnicity were always accurate.

ASRM-SART Practice Guidelines on Number of Embryos Transferred saved over $4 billion.

Press Releases October 21, 2015

Baltimore, MD – Research presented at the 71st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine examined the cost savings to the US health care system that resulted from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) guidelines on number of embryos to transfer during IVF procedures.

ASRM Welcomes Owen K. Davis as President

Press Releases October 21, 2015

Baltimore, MD – Owen Davis became President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine today at the Society’s 71st Annual Meeting today in Baltimore. He served as President of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology in 2004-2005.Dr. Davis is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine and Associate Director of the IVF Program at the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. 


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