March 30, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On March 30, 2005, the Massachusetts Senate approved a bill by a vote of 35-2 to alleviate restrictions on scientists conducting research on stem cells, including the controversial embryonic stem cells. Governor Mitt Romney vociferously opposed passage of the bill. On April 1, 2005, the state ...[read more]
February 12, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Monday refused to reconsider an August ruling that Italy's ban on screening embryos for diseases before they are implanted in a womb violates parents' rights. The court found that this provision of Law 40 violated Article 8 of the European Convention on ...[read more]
January 7, 2013
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court denied certiorari Monday in Sherley v. Sebelius, which appealed a dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research. The petition questioned President Barack Obama's executive order in 2009 that removed the previous administration's ...[read more]
December 13, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
A court in Florence on Wednesday struck down Law 40, Italy's nationwide ban on the use of embryos for scientific purposes. The panel of judges ruled that the law is an unconstitutional violation of fundamental rights regarding health and the freedom of research. The case was originally brought by ...[read more]
November 30, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
The Italian government on Wednesday announced that it has appealed a recent decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that the country violated the rights of a couple with cystic fibrosis by preventing them from screening in vitro fertilization (IVF) embryos. The couple, who already ...[read more]
October 18, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On October 18, 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that a patent could not be issued for any process that resulted in destroying a human embryo. The case originated from a German patent for a method of converting embryonic stem cells into nerve cells. The ruling limits the use of ...[read more]
August 29, 2012
by Keith Herting
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that Italy's ban on embryonic screening is a violation of human rights. According to a press release issued by the court, the ban is a violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which allows for the "right to respect ...[read more]
August 24, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday rejected an appeal of a lower court decision that dismissed a challenge to federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research. The three-judge panel found no error in the July 2011 decision of the US District Court for the ...[read more]
April 17, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On April 17, 2009, the National Institute of Health (NIH) issued proposed guidelines for funding human embryonic stem cell research that limits federal aid to those facilities that create embryos for use in fertility clinics and were no longer needed. The guidelines were released in accordance ...[read more]
November 7, 2011
by Ben Klaber
JURIST Guest Columnist Jonathan Will of Mississippi College School of Law says establishing pre-embryonic personhood may still fail to outlaw abortion and may lead to the imposition of restrictions on other reproductive choices such as certain forms of birth control... On November 8, 2011, ...[read more]

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