Bioethics press synthesis

Arizona - law allocates frozen embryos to the party who chooses to "develop them to birth"

02 August 2018

In the US, the increase in the number of frozen embryos, currently amounting to millions, inevitably leads to disputes surrounding their fate. Judges have often, although not always, ruled in favour...

New US Supreme Court Justice nominated

02 August 2018

On Monday evening, US President, Donald Trump, named Brett Kavanaugh as a nominee for Supreme Court Justice. In his televised address, President Trump stated that he had not chosen the candidates...

Abortion and contraception will not appear in the French Constitution

01 August 2018

The National Assembly has rejected changes from the opposition calling for the inclusion of rights to abortion and contraception in the French Constitution (see French Senate debate on including...

Tenth artificial heart implant for Carmat

01 August 2018

The company Carmat  recently performed an artificial heart implant for its tenth patient (see: Carmat prepares to market its artificial heart). According to a company press release, none of...

Sentenced in France, pharmacist turns to the European Court of Human Rights to defend conscientious objection

01 August 2018

Sentenced in 2016 for refusing to sell an intrauterine device because of the product's potential abortive effects, pharmacist Bruno Pichon has just submitted a request to the European Court of Human...

India - abused surrogate mother presses charges

01 August 2018

A 30-year-old Indian surrogate mother with two children has just pressed charges for rape, blackmail and fraud. The incident dates back to when she had to look for work following her husband's car...

IVF in Quebec: below 60% since an end to reimbursement

01 August 2018

With the end of free IVF programmes in Quebec from 2015 onwards[1], demand has fallen by 60% in three years.   In 2014-2015, the global cost of IVF amounted to $74 million—a budget deemed...

Euthanasia soaring in Belgium

01 August 2018

In Belgium, the latest report by the Federal Euthanasia Control Commission (CFCEE) was presented to the Chamber on Tuesday. The Commission produces this report for legislators every two years. This...


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