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Switzerland: Parliament Votes to Allow Same-Sex Marriage

(Jan. 25, 2021) On December 18, 2020, the Swiss Parliament adopted an amendment to the Swiss Civil Code that allows same-sex couples to enter into marriages. In addition, the amendment opens up sperm donation from a domestic sperm bank to married lesbian couples and extends the presumption of parenthood to the woman not carrying the […]

Argentina: Senate Passes Bill Legalizing Abortion

(Jan. 7, 2021) On December 30, 2020, Argentina’s Senate passed a bill legalizing abortion until the 14th week of pregnancy. The vote, which took place after a 12-hour debate, saw 38 senators supporting the bill, 29 opposing it, and one abstaining. The new law establishes the conditions under which a woman may voluntarily terminate a […]

France: European Court of Human Rights Upholds French Refusal to Transfer Deceased Man’s Sperm Abroad for Medically Assisted Reproduction

(Jan. 31, 2020) In a decision issued on November 12, 2019, the European Court of Human Rights denied the petition of Dominique Petithory Lanzmann to allow the transfer of her deceased son’s sperm to a fertility clinic in Israel so that it may be used to conceive children. The petitioner is a French citizen and […]

China: No Immediate Plan to Delete Family Planning from Laws

(Feb. 25, 2019) In a response to a suggestion raised by the National People’s Congress (NPC) delegates, China’s National Health Commission (NHC) states there is no plan to delete references to “family planning” from Chinese laws. The Response, dated September 25, 2018, was published on the NHC website on January 8, 2019. (NHC, Response to […]

Germany: Court Rules Costs for In Vitro Fertilization of Infertile Woman in Same-Sex Partnership Are Tax-Deductible

(Jan. 25, 2018) In a decision published on January 3, 2018, the German Federal Fiscal Court (Bundesfinanzhof, BFH), the supreme court in tax and customs matters, held that costs for in vitro fertilization (IVF) incurred by an infertile woman in a same-sex partnership are tax-deductible, reversing a lower court ruling. (BFH, Oct. 5, 2017, Docket No. VI […]

Brazil: New Rules Approved for Assisted Reproduction

(Nov. 20, 2017) The Brazilian Federal Council of Medicine (Conselho Federal de Medicina, CFM) approved on November 9, 2017, Resolution No. 2.168, which updates the rules for the use of assisted reproduction techniques. (Resolução CFM No. 2.168/2017, DIÁRIO OFICIAL DA UNIÃO [OFFICIAL GAZETTE OF THE UNION] 73 (Nov. 10, 2017), CFM website; Reprodução Assistida: CFM Anuncia […]

China: 2016 Revised Provincial Family Planning Regulations

(Feb. 6, 2017) In December 2015, China’s Population and Family Planning Law was revised to allow married couples to have two children, effective January 1, 2016.  (Laney Zhang, China: Two Child Policy Becomes Law, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR (Jan. 8, 2016).) Provincial-level people’s congresses were expected to revise their own regulations to implement the “two-child law,” […]

Israel: Parents Cannot Use Late Son’s Frozen Sperm Against Widow’s Will

(Jan. 5, 2017) On December 22, 2016, Israel’s Supreme Court accepted an appeal against a decision of the Center-Lod District Court that had declared that half of 19 tubes of frozen sperm extracted from a man shortly after his death upon the request of his widow belonged to his parents. The appeal was lodged by the […]

China: Maternity Leave Further Extended by Provinces

(May 3, 2016) In the past several months, Chinese provinces have been revising their regulations to implement the recently amended Law on Population and Family Planning (Family Planning Law) and at the same time specifying extra parental leave periods applicable in their jurisdictions. Nearly half of the revised regulations have been located; they cover 14 provinces […]

Sweden: Single Women Receive Legal Right to Insemination Assistance

(Jan. 29, 2016) On January 13, 2016, the Swedish Parliament adopted a law that will give single women the right to receive assistance with artificial insemination. The law gives single women the same reproductive assistance rights as heterosexual and homosexual couples.  (Assisterad befruktning för ensamstående kvinnor, Socialutskottets betänkande 2015/16:SoU3 [Assisted Pregnancy for Single Women, Parliamentary Committee Report […]