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Sperm Recognized as Property in B.C. Case; Donors win $6.2M Settlement

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 21, 2015

VANCOUVER — The University of B.C. has agreed to compensate hundreds of cancer victims whose sperm was inadvertently destroyed, in a settlement that recognizes for the first time sperm as property.

Investigating the Benefits of 'Sticky Sperm' for IVF

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 20, 2015

Scientists from the University of Leeds are investigating whether a molecule usually found in moisturisers and skin creams could improve IVF success rates in the UK. Embryologists running a clinical trial at the University are investigating whether hyaluronic acid, normally found in beauty products which are designed to maintain elasticity in the skin and keep hair and joints hydrated, helps sperm stick to the human egg when it is released from the ovary. 

Barcode Your Egg and Sperm Cells to Avoid IVF Mix-ups

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 20, 2015

WHAT a mix-up. How can a couple undergoing IVF be sure that the right egg and sperm have been used? A personalised barcode for their sex cells could be the answer.

Shepherd-Sally Surrogacy agreement upheld

Legally Speaking May 19, 2015

On April 21st, a Pennsylvania trial court upheld the gestational surrogacy agreement between Sherri Shepherd, her estranged husband Lamar Sally, and gestational surrogate Jessica Bartholemew.  The couple had used donor egg and separated during the pregnancy, with Shepherd claiming the agreement was not enforceable, that she was not the biological or legal mother, and therefore had no financial or other responsibilities for the child.

Sperm Bank sued by parents of 7 year old

Legally Speaking May 19, 2015

A Canadian couple have sued their sperm donor and Xytex Sperm Bank after they learned contradictory information about the background of their 7 year old child’s sperm donor.

Virginia court rules home insemination falls outside Assisted Conception law and man declared legal father

Legally Speaking May 19, 2015

The Virginia Court of Appeals on April 21st ruled in favor of a Robert Broadwine who provided sperm to his single friend, Joyce Bruce, for artificial insemination she performed in her home with a turkey baster.

Courts Continue to Confront International Cross-Border Surrogacy Cases

Legally Speaking May 19, 2015

In the past year there has been increasing legal scrutiny of cross-border surrogacy. Australia, France, and Italy are three countries that have had highly significant cases and emerging shifts in their national policies involving international surrogacy.   

Sperm Donor Not Entitled to Notice of Married Lesbian Couple’s Co-Parent Adoption

Legally Speaking May 19, 2015

Massachusetts is once again in the forefront on same-sex marriage and parentage issues in a case clarifying the status of sperm donors whether known or anonymous.

More Frozen Embryo Disputes

Legally Speaking May 19, 2015

Movie stars are once again making ART news. In this recent twist, an ex-fiancee, Nick Loeb, has filed suit seeking sole “custody” of two “female embryos” he created with actress and “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara which he alleges have a “right to live.”

ASRM Applauds Introduction of Bill Lifting Ban on IVF for Veterans

ASRM Bulletins May 19, 2015

Statement attributable to ASRM President Rebecca Z. Sokol, MD, MPH “We are thrilled to see the introduction of HR 2257. With introduction of this bill, Chairman Miller has made a vital step towards assuring our country lives up to its obligation to do its best to make our service members whole upon their return.  For far too long, veterans whose service related injuries have left them unable to have children have not been able to access the best treatment available  - In Vitro Fertilization. In fact, federal law currently bans the Department of Veterans Affairs from providing this care. Currently, active duty service members with certain classes of injuries have access to care that includes in vitro fertilization, while those who separate from service and enter the Department of VA health care system do not. This bill would rectify that inequity and address the reproductive health care needs of veterans that arose due to their service.”


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