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Why Science Can't Say When a Baby's Life Begins

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine October 05, 2015

Modern science offers no clarity. If anything, the past century of scientific advances have only made the answer more complicated. As scientists have peered into wombs with ultrasound and looked directly at sperm entering an egg, they’ve found that all the bright lines they thought existed dissolving.

Research on Fetal Tissue Draws Renewed Political, Scientific Scrutiny

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 30, 2015

Research involving fetal tissue has come under renewed public scrutiny recently because of a series of videos involving the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The president of the organization, Cecile Richards, is slated to testify before a House committee Tuesday, even as some members of Congress try to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood, and some states try to restrict research involving fetal tissue. Goldstein insists such research is invaluable. For his Alzheimer's experiments, for example, he's using cells from the brains of fetuses to look for drugs that could protect neurons from that devastating disease.

Power Play (Editorial)

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine September 25, 2015

Galloping advances in genetic and stem-cell technologies raise the inviting prospect that some devastating diseases could be treated. Conditions caused by natural mutations might be avoided by judicious genome tinkering to set things right for the next generations. But ‘inviting’ does not always mean ‘advisable’.

NICHD Seeks Job Applicants for Branch Chief Position

NIH Announcements September 11, 2015

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is recruiting for a Supervisory Health Scientist Administrator or Medical Officer for the Branch Chief position of the Contraceptive Discovery and Development Branch (CDDB), Division of Extramural Research (DER).

VIDEO: Dr. Howard W. Jones, Jr., In Vitro Fertilization Pioneer

ASRM Announcements August 03, 2015

Dr. Howard W. Jones, Jr., In Vitro Pioneer

ASRM Mourns the Passing of Dr. Howard Jones

Press Releases July 31, 2015

All of us within ASRM, and indeed all of us in reproductive medicine around the world, are saddened by the death of Howard Jones.

ASRM Mourns the Passing of Dr. Howard Jones

ASRM Bulletins July 31, 2015

All of us within ASRM, and indeed all of us in reproductive medicine around the world, are saddened by the death of Howard Jones.

SCOTUS: Same_Sex Marriage Now Legal in All 50 States

Legally Speaking July 22, 2015

On June 26th, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States(SCOTUS) issued its long-awaited decision on same-sex marriage, ruling that the right to marry is a fundamental Constitutional right recognized under the 14th Amendment that cannot be denied to same-sex couples.  As a result of the Court’s 5-4 decision, every state must now issue marriage licenses and recognize marriages between same-sex couples.  The decision reflects a remarkably swift change of law and policy that began only in 2003, with the first such legal recognition handed down by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in its ground-breaking 2003 Goodrich decision. Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, 440 Mass. 309, 798 N. E. 2d 941 (2003).

Shepherd-Sally Partial Settlement Reached

Legally Speaking July 21, 2015

There has been a partial settlement in the complex set of court cases and a maternity decision in April 2015, involving a child born to actor Sherri Shepherd and her estranged husband Lamar Sally through gestational surrogacy. The child was conceived and born during the parties’ marriage, using embryos created from Sally’s sperm and an anonymous egg donor, and carried by a single mother as a gestational carrier.

French Highest Court Recognizes Children Born Abroad Through Surrogacy

Legally Speaking July 21, 2015

In July, and after years of refusing legal recognition to children born abroad from surrogacy, that country’s highest court has reversed course. The French Court of Cassation’s July 3rd ruling means that children born to surrogates abroad will now be legally recognized as children of their biological French parents, entitled to French birth certificates, and thus able to both confirm the parent-child relationship for all purposes and establish French citizenship. Surrogacy within France remains illegal and the decision does not apply to an intended parent who does not have a biological connection.


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