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Why Frozen Sperm Can’t Save Earth’s Imperiled Species—Yet

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 26, 2015

Zoo Animals are giving humans a run for their money in the assisted reproduction department. Mei Xiang, a giant panda at the National Zoo, gave birth to twin babies this past Saturday, thanks to artificial insemination. And earlier this month, scientists announced the birth of a bouncing baby black-footed ferret, conceived with cryogenically preserved sperm from a father who had died twenty years ago.

Why Your Doctor Won't Friend You On Facebook

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 25, 2015

Physicians generally draw a line: Public professional pages – focused on medicine, similar to those other businesses offer – are catching on. Some might email with patients. But doctors aren't ready to share vacation photos and other more intimate details with patients, or even to advise them on medication or treatment options via private chats. They're hesitant to blur the lines between personal lives and professional work and nervous about the privacy issues that could arise in discussing specific medical concerns on most Internet platforms.

Experts Call for Greater Scrutiny of Egg Donation Practices

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 17, 2015

A new report calls for professional societies to develop guidelines specifically addressing conflicts of interest in oocyte donation and to adopt tougher reporting and advertising standards

Parents Sue Doctors for Deciding Their Kid is A Girl

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 14, 2015

In a first of its kind lawsuit, Greenville, S.C., residents Pam and Mark Crawford are suing the doctors who gave their adopted son sex assignment surgery while in foster care. MC, who had been deemed a female by doctors, had surgery at 16 months to “correct” his status as intersex (having both male and female genitalia), but is struggling with this assigned identity now at 10 years old. His parents are grieving that such a decision was made for him before he was able to make it himself.

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.

NIH Seeks Comment on National Children’s Study Alternative

ASRM Bulletins July 17, 2015

The National Children’s Study (NCS) was authorized by Congress in 2000 to study environmental influences on child health and development. However, in 2014 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) was asked to review the NCS and issued a report which outlined concerns regarding the study's design, management, oversight structure, and anticipated cost. As a result, the launch of the Main Study for the NCS was put on hold, and an advisory committee to the Director of NIH was tasked with reviewing the feasibility of continuing the NCS. In late 2014, the advisory committee recommended that, while the overall goals of the NCS should remain a priority for future scientific support, the NCS was not feasible as currently outlined. It was soon announced that the NIH would discontinue the NCS.

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