Bioethics press synthesis

Genetically modified babies: a second international committee is established

17 June 2019

He Jiankui, the researcher behind the birth revealed last November of the first genetically modified babies, was quickly condemned by the international scientific community. But this sentence was not...

A new bill introduced into Argentina’s parliament to decriminalize abortion

17 June 2019

A new bill to decriminalize abortion has just been introduced into Argentina’s parliament. In 2018, a comparable bill was passed by parliament but rejected by the more conservative senate by just a...

Abortion: two opposing laws in Louisiana and Maine

17 June 2019

On 30 May, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards passed a law banning abortion as soon as a heart beat is detected, normally around the sixth week of pregnancy. An exception is provided if the mother's...

Italy: the National Federation of Doctors reaffirms its opposition to assisted suicide

17 June 2019

As part of the current debates in Italy on legalizing euthanasia, the National Federation for the Orders of Doctors and Dentists (FNOMCeO) was heard on Thursday by the Chamber of Deputies’ committees...

U.S. judges authorize grandparents to have descendants of their deceased son

11 June 2019

The Supreme Court has ruled that the parents of the cadet who accidentally died in February are authorized to resort to surrogacy to get a descendant from their son's sperm, which had been frozen...

U.S.: Reproductive fraud soon to be penalized as "sexual assault" in Texas

11 June 2019

Texas has just passed a law expanding the definition of sexual assault to include reproductive fraud. Fertility fraud involves both gynaecologists who inseminate patients with their own sperm, as...

Nevada expands the conditions for abortion, Vermont seeks to make it a "fundamental right"

11 June 2019

In the state of Nevada, “self-induced abortion is punishable by up to 10 years in prison”. After a second review, lawmakers have just adopted a “reform that decriminalizes the over-the-counter sale...

The Pope has addressed healthcare workers: any "medical intervention on human beings" must be evaluated in terms of respect for "life and human dignity"

11 June 2019

Pope Francis today addressed some 300 members of the Italian Catholic Association of Healthcare Workers at the Vatican. The Holy Father recalled that any "medical intervention on human beings" must...

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