Lesbian Couple’s Sperm Donor Sues for Parental Rights

A New York state man who supplied his sperm for a lesbian couple’s at-home insemination was denied a paternity test by a state appeals court last week, possibly ending his battle for parental rights over the now 3-year-old girl who was born as a result of his donation.

In a unanimous ruling that put family before biology, a five-judge panel overturned a county family court’s 2015 order that the child undergo a paternity test, finding that not only would the test be against the child’s best interests, but asserting that the “presumption of legitimacy”—a legal term for the general assumption that a child born to a husband and wife is the biological child of both parents—extends to same-sex couples as well (PDF).

“We believe that it must be true that a child born to a same-gender married couple is presumed to be their child and, further, that the presumption of parentage is not defeated solely with proof of the biological fact that, at present, a child cannot be the product of same-gender parents,” Justice Robert Mulvey wrote in a 19-page decision.

FOLLOW THE LINK FOR THE FULL REPORT – JR

https://www.thedailybeast.com/lesbian-couples-sperm-donor-sues-for-parental-rights

Advertisements

Why the human race could be infertile in 50 years

Modern medicine has long presumed fertility to be the dominion of women, a space ruled by gynaecologists and invasive procedures explained by softly pink pamphlets. But that is only half the story. Possibly even less, according to mounting evidence. Male fertility is dipping, and fast. Sperm may prove to be the greatest casualty of modern life.

Last summer, scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found that male sperm counts had fallen by almost 60 per cent in 40 years. In what was the largest study of its kind, they analysed data from 43,000 men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, taking in 185 studies from 1973 to 2011. Its lead author, Dr Hagai Levine, decreed the result an ‘urgent wake-up call’.

FOLLOW THE LINK FOR THE FULL REPORT – JR

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/spermageddon-human-race-could-infertile-50-years/

Sperm count in Western men plunges to record low as scientists blame chemicals in everyday products for crisis – Mirror Online

Sperm levels among Western men have plunged to a record low, new research reveals. It has fallen by more than 50% in 40 years – and is showing no signs of slowing down. The study did not examine causes but scientists believe the amount of ­chemicals used in everyday products, industry and farming may be behind the crisis. Researchers from the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, screened 7,500 studies that took place between 1973 and 2011.

FOLLOW THE LINK FOR THE FULL REPORT – JR

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/sperm-count-western-men-plunges-10869887

U.S. experts soften on DNA editing of human eggs, sperm, embryos

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Powerful gene editing tools may one day be used on human embryos, eggs and sperm to remove genes that cause inherited diseases, according to a report by U.S. scientists and ethicists released on Tuesday.

The report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Medicine said scientific advances make gene editing in human reproductive cells “a realistic possibility that deserves serious consideration.”
The statement signals a softening in approach over the use of the technology known as CRISPR-Cas9 that has opened up new frontiers in genetic medicine because of its ability to modify genes quickly and efficiently.

FOLLOW THE LINK FOR THE FULL REPORT – JR 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/scientists-soften-dna-editing-human-eggs-sperm-embryos-160345374.html