The Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology said Monday that it will officially allow those in common-law marriages to undergo in vitro fertilization, relaxing a longtime voluntary curb.

JSOG, which has about 16,000 members nationwide, will ease the criteria for in vitro fertilization in line with a September ruling by the Supreme Court that said a clause in the Civil Code that denies full inheritance rights to children born out of wedlock was unconstitutional.

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