Bioethics press synthesis

U.S.: Governor signs law prohibiting abortion in Alabama

28 May 2019

The Alabama Senate voted Tuesday in favour of a bill that would make abortion a crime in Alabama. The only exceptions would be cases of non-viability of the foetus and/or when the health and life of...

Palliative care: 71% of Americans are unaware of this

28 May 2019

A study by the Journal of Palliative Medicine (JPM) reveals that 71% of adults in the United States are unaware of the existence of palliative care, while more and more palliative care centres are...

Mexico's Supreme Court expands conditions for access to abortion

28 May 2019

Mexico has just legalized abortion if the mother's health is at risk. The Mexican Supreme Court of Justice (SCJN) ruled Wednesday that women will now be able to receive a legal abortion if the...

U.S. fertility rate drops to record low

28 May 2019

In 2018, about 3.7 million babies were born in the United States, a 2% decrease from 2017, according to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) of the Centers for Disease Control and...

Dr Sanchez sets 20 May as the date to start implementing Vincent Lambert's euthanasia

28 May 2019

"I inform you that the cessation of treatment and the continuous deep sedation evoked during the collegiate procedure will start in the week beginning 20 May," Dr Sanchez, Vincent Lambert's doctor,...

Reimbursed or remunerated? Belgian oocyte donors receive up to €2,000 per donation

28 May 2019

"A friend told me it was a good way to make easy money," explained Chloé, a 23-year-old Belgian student who plans to use the €2,000 to buy a car or go on holiday. Sylvie has already received €8,000...

In Italy: the non-biological parents of children born by surrogacy are not the legal parents

28 May 2019

Reversing a 2017 court decision, the Italian Court of Appeal has ruled that the non-biological father of two children born to a surrogate mother abroad could not be designated as the children’s legal...

Egg ‘donations’ in China can be paid up to €50,000

28 May 2019

According to the Beijing Youth Daily, young Chinese female students who volunteer to donate their oocytes receive "payments" for "subsistence costs" that can be more than 400,000 yuan, i.e. about €50...

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