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August 2014
Embryo culture/German middle ground

As reported in the press, the Munich Public Prosecutor's Office has launched preliminary proceedings against Munich colleagues who practice the "German middle ground". Against this - as well as against a variety of other colleagues - the Austrian reproductive physician Prof. Zech filed charges for violation of the Embryo Protection Act. The enclosed statement from the colleagues in Munich on the background of the process gives further information "Regarding the case Zech".

The decision of the Munich Public Prosecutor's Office follow the decisions of the public prosecutors in Darmstadt, Düsseldorf and Cologne who also closed the proceedings in similar cases.

Dr. Ulrich Hilland, 1. Chairman BRZ [Federal Association Reproductive Medicine Centres]
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Source: Bundesverband Reproduktionsmedizinsicher Zentren Deutschlands e.V. [Federal Association of Reproductive Medicine Centres in Germany ]
February 2013
The judgement of the Higher District Court Hamm to disclose the name of the sperm donor to a child conceived with his sperm

The HDC Hamm, in its judgement (File reference: I-14 U 12.7), ruled that the right of a child conceived by sperm donation to know its genetic ancestry outweighs medical confidentiality and the right of the sperm donor to safeguard his data . We explicitly welcome this verdict and the legal certainty this creates for physicians and children conceived by sperm donation. However, it is regrettable that the legislature has not yet passed an adequate system of protection for sperm donors against legal claims for inheritance or maintenance support. Additionally, there is not yet a standardised procedure that regulates the release of donor data. How should the possibility of contact in a particular case be arranged and what happens when the sperm donor does not want any contact?