News and Research

Courts Continue to Shape Parental Status Law & U.K. Court Awards Custody to Gestational Surrogate

Legally Speaking July 18, 2016

At least four cases are working their way through state courts addressing the legal parental status and rights of former same-sex partners who have no genetic connection to the children they and their former spouse or partner had been raising. Maryland’s highest court, its Court of Appeals, reached a decision in one such case in July, Conover v. Conover. Similar cases are pending in Massachusetts, New York, and Florida.

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FDA Amends Donor Embryo Regulations

ASRM Bulletins June 24, 2016

In a new final rule published in Wednesday’s Federal Register, FDA has amended regulations on donor eligibility, including the screening and testing of donors of particular human cells, tissues, and cellular ant tissue-based products (HCT/Ps).

U.S. House Passes Bill to Allow IVF for Wounded Veterans

ASRM Bulletins June 23, 2016

At 3:00 am this morning and in the midst of a dramatic and hours long contentious sit-in on the House floor over the gun control debate, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to begin to offer IVF services to wounded veterans.  HR 2577, is a conference report to fund Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and related agencies and is a compromise between versions of the bill passed in both the House and Senate in the previous weeks. ASRM, working with RESOLVE and a coalition of veterans organizations, successfully lobbied those Members of Congress working to draft the compromise bill and urged them to retain the IVF provision, despite opposition from conservative groups with moral objections to assisted reproductive technologies.

Louisiana Surrogacy Bill and Cases of Interest

Legally Speaking June 22, 2016

The Louisiana legislature passed a bill addressing gestational surrogacy; and Governor John Bel Edwards signed it into law on June 15th. The new law provides for enforceability of gestational carrier agreements, but only if they meet certain requirements. Among other things, the law requires that: the intended parents be a heterosexual, married couple who have undergone a background check and obtained pre-transfer court approval; no donor gametes or embryos are used to form the embryos; and no payment other than reimbursement for actual expenses (including lost wages) may be made to the gestational carrier.

ASRM Announces Appointment of New Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Sue Gitlin to Join ASRM Staff in the Fall

Press Releases May 24, 2016

Washington DC – The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) today announced the hiring of Sue Gitlin, PhD as its new Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Gitlin will join the ASRM staff in September for a transition period and fully assume her duties in 2017.

ASRM Announces Appointment of New Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Sue Gitlin to Join ASRM Staff in the Fall.

ASRM Bulletins May 24, 2016

Washington DC – The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) today announced the hiring of Sue Gitlin, PhD as its new Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Gitlin will join the ASRM staff in September for a transition period and fully assume her duties in 2017.

ASRM Praises Senate for Acting to Lift Ban on VA Providing IVF Care to Wounded Veterans

ASRM Bulletins May 19, 2016

Today the U.S. Senate voted 89-8 to pass HR 2577, an appropriations measure funding Transportation-Housing and Urban Development and related agencies. The bill was combined with a measure to also fund Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, which included a provision giving the Department of VA the funds to begin providing IVF services to wounded veterans in need of assisted reproduction.

ASRM Praises Senate for Acting to Lift Ban on VA Providing IVF Care to Wounded Veterans

Press Releases May 19, 2016

“We are thrilled the Senate voted overwhelmingly today (89-8) to take care of our wounded veterans and provide them access to the care they need to build their families.”

Men’s Overall Health Is Related to IVF Success

Press Releases May 18, 2016

In the first report exploring links between men’s somatic health and assisted reproductive technology (ART) outcomes, researchers analyzed over five thousand IVF cycles using fresh eggs and sperm, performed between 2004 and 2014 at the Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Health Center. They found that male partners’ health conditions influenced outcomes such as fertilization, implantation, pregnancy, miscarriage, and live birth rates.