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A Journal on Forensic Medicine
Minerva Medicolegale 1999 September;119(3): 155-66
Deontology and law in the assisted reproductive technologies of unmarried couples
Molinelli F., Gacci P., Coccia M. E.
The institution of unmarried and living will couples, in Italy, has no rules yet, so that it's quite difficult to draw its importance, especially within the limits of law, which is so sterile like medically assisted procreation is. According to the new reproductive technologies, we think it's right to operate with punctual and clear rules that guarantee such a therapy. First of all, if we make it sure that sterility is a couple's pathology, we have to define unmarried woman as a single or as a partner in a couple. To balance interests involved, even borning child's interests, we can really achieve the evaluation of a giuridical strenght of unmarried couples, according to the presumed right to assisted reproduction. Bioethic national comitate proposed guidelines valid for adoption, and we think those are good to find guarantees for stability and success of the living with couples. Actually, doctors have three chances: to follow medical deonthological code guidelines; to remain conscientious objectors; to leave it to ethic comitate judgements.