April 16, 2024

Call for referendum to reverse Italian fertility law

Critics of Italy’s strict new law regulating the fertility industry are scrambling to get half a million signatures by September 30 so that they can have a referendum to scrap it. The law, which was passed only in February, bans donor sperm or eggs, surrogate motherhood, IVF for gays and single women, embryo freezing and embryo experimentation. Although many leaders of Italy’s diverse political parties are backing reform, other politicians warn that a referendum could “tear the country apart”.