Australia, Reproductive Law

Woman can use donor sperm in IVF without estranged husband’s consent, court rules

Source The Guardian

Federal court finds Victorian law discriminated against the woman on the basis of her marital status.

A Victorian woman will not need her estranged husband’s permission to undergo IVF using donor sperm following a ruling by the federal court in Melbourne.

The court heard that the woman, who cannot be named, has been separated and living apart from her husband since late 2017. The woman wanted to try to conceive through IVF using donor sperm, but was told by a Melbourne reproductive clinic that under Victoria’s Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act she first needed her husband’s consent.

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