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Spain has one of Europe's most advanced legislations on Human Assisted Reproductive Technologies (Law 14/2006 of 26 May).

Just to highlight some key points:

Any woman over 18 with full capacity to act may be a recipient or a user of the techniques covered in this Law, provided that she has given her written consent to that use in a free, conscious and explicit way. The woman may be a user or recipient of the techniques covered in this law regardless of her marital status and sexual orientation.

The woman receiving these techniques, may request to have them suspended at any time, her request having to be fulfilled.

The donation will be anonymous and must ensure the confidentiality of identity details of donors by gamete banks as well as, if applicable, by donor and activity records of the centers which are set up.

They can also be used in the prevention and treatment of genetic or inherited diseases, whenever it is possible to resort to them with sufficient diagnostic and therapeutic safeguards, and they are strictly indicated.

The parentage of children born with assisted reproductive technologies will be regulated by civil laws. In Spain maternal parentage is determined by birth (the woman who gives birth to the child is always the legal mother)

LAW 14/2006, of 26 May (download pdf)
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