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Minerva Ginecologica 2007 August;59(4):441-9

language: Italian

Guidelines on medically assisted reproduction: legal issues and professional liability

Molinelli A., Motroni Gherardi S. M., Picchioni D. M., Ventura F.

Dipartimento di Medicina Legale, del Lavoro Psicologia Medica e Criminologia, Sezione di Medicina Legale, Università di Genova, Genova, Italia


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The authors analyze the legal and medico-legal issues deriving from the recent Law No. 40 of February 19, 2004 concerning the Medically Assisted Reproduction. In particular, they analyze the contrasting points between the dispositions of Law No. 40/2004 and those of Law No. 194/1978 on the voluntary interruption of pregnancy, and they analyze the guidelines about the procedures and the techniques of the Medically Assisted Reproduction, issued by the Ministry of Health with D.M. of July 21, 2004. The Guidelines, as well as some sentences of several courts, lead to some reflections also about the consent and the professional liability, in particular considering the various moments of the medical action, from the first interview to the carrying out of the assisted reproduction techniques.

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