Italy Lifts Ban on Married Couples’ Use of Sperm Donors

In a ruling decried by the country’s bishops, Italy’s Constitutional Court upheld a couple’s right to have artificial insemination using donor sperm. Msgr. Nunzio Galantino, secretary-general of the Italian Episcopal Conference, criticized the decision, arguing that “none of us are the masters of anyone else, not even parents with respect to their own children,” Religion News Service reported.

Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin noted that the court’s reversal of the ban on sperm donors effectively “gutted” Italy’s law against artificial procreation, known as Law 40, according to the Washington Times.

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