It is a first time in the history of artificial insemination: "It is a revolutionary method, more natural and less expensive"
(by Giovanni D'Agata) In the Center for Reproductive Medicine in Dallas, Texas, a new in vitro fertilization technique has allowed two women, partners in a same-sex couple, to carry their future baby in their womb. Albeit for a short time, and obviously at different times. The two women, Ashleigh and Bliss Coulter called their little one 'the miracle baby': "The way our son came into the world is really special," Ashleigh told US TV.
In the technique, called 'Effortless IVF', Bliss's eggs were fertilized from a donor's sperm. Then, instead of being placed in an incubator, as is normally the case in IVF, the eggs and sperm were transferred to a device and implanted in Bliss's uterus for a few days, and then removed. At that point, one of the embryos carried in Bliss' womb was implanted in Ashley's womb, which led the rest of the pregnancy to delivery. "It's a revolutionary, more natural and less expensive method than artificial insemination," says clinic founder Kevin Doody. In his center already 200 couples have used the 'Effortless IVF' procedure, but this time it is the first for a same-sex couple. For Giovanni D'Agata, president of the “Rights Desk”, this is obviously an extreme case, which however highlights the paradoxicality of the story. In Italy the techniques of heterologous fertilization, surrogacy, freezing and preimplantation genetic diagnosis are prohibited.