Bioethics press synthesis

England : The Police Service "Tends To Close Its Eyes" To Violations Involving Assisted Suicide

23 January 2017

Whereas euthanasia is legal in countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, it has nevertheless been banned in the United Kingdom(see Angleterre: opposition à la légalisation de l'...

Robots : Europeans Mps Vote On The Delvaux Report

23 January 2017

The European Commission should propose European Union regulations on "the fast-evolving field of robotics". The aim is to focus, amongst other things, on compliance with ethical standards and, in the...

In Vitro Gametogenesis : Bordering Science-Fiction

23 January 2017

In-vitro gametogenesis - a new procedure for creating gametes from stem cells - should be the subject of a debate from this point forwards, according to three American scientists: Eli Adashi,...

Russia : No Abortion on 28 december

23 January 2017

In Russia, the region of Yaroslavl banned abortions on 28 December, Feast of the Holy Innocents. Local religious leaders asked for the biblical account of the massacre of the Innocents to be...

Pressure On Ireland To Legalise Abortion

23 January 2017

Abortion is illegal in Ireland except in cases where the mother's life is in jeopardy. The eighth amendment to the Irish Constitution grants equal rights to foetus and mother. In July 2016, a draft...

The Netherlands : The Health Minister Wants To Reduce The Number Of Abortions

23 January 2017

In the Netherlands, "30,000 women terminate their pregnancy every year". "That's far too many" for Health Minister, Edith Schippers, who is considering greater involvement of General Practitioners in...

Infertility Levels Increasing Amongst European Women

23 January 2017

"Has the number of childless women reached a peak in Europe?" Ined (National Institute for Demographic Studies) raised the question and has just published its study on changes in infertility over the...

Belgium : The Cost Of NIPS Is Lowered

23 January 2017

Since 1 December, the cost of Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS) for Down syndrome has been reduced by €100 Euros, falling from €390 to €290.   This decision was taken by eight of the...


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