Comment on the decision of the german bishops regarding the use of emergency contraception in rape victims

Introduction On 21st February this year, the media echoed a statement made public by the German Episcopal Conference on the approval of the use of hormonal contraception in women who had been raped, with the condition that the methods used would act only by preventing ovulation....
Posted On 14 Nov 2013
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Has the cloning of humans become a reality?

On 5 October 2011, the prestigious journal Nature (478; 70-75, 2011) published an article describing the first successful production of a stem-cell line derived from cloned human embryos for use with patients suffering from certain diseases. The first time we heard of the cloning...
Posted On 14 Nov 2013
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After birth abortion

A recent article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics 1, of the British Medical Journal Group, by two little-known Italian philosophers based in Australia has sparked a great furore around the world, receiving ample coverage by mass media. The crux of the argument put forth...
Posted On 31 Oct 2013
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iPS cell banks

The pharmaceutical company Roche are promoting the creation of an iPS cell bank in collaboration with 23 academic groups coordinated by Zamel Carder of the Stem Cell Institute at Oxford University, according to an article published in Nature Biotechnology (31;11,2013). The...
Posted On 15 Sep 2013
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Incidence of pulmonary and venous thromboembolism in pregnancies achieved by in-vitro fertilisation

In a study conducted in Sweden (BMJ 2013; e8632 doi: 10.1136/bmj. E 8632, published on 13 January 2013), which included 23,498 women who had given birth after in-vitro fertilisation between 1990 and 2008, compared to a control group of 116,960 women with natural pregnancies, the...
Posted On 15 Sep 2013
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Can AIDS be beaten in the next generation?

Since the first cases were discovered in California in 1981, an entire generation has lived under the malevolent shadow of this terrible pandemic. At present, more than 34 million people worldwide are living with HIV, around 1.2 million in the United States. More than 30 million...
Posted On 15 Sep 2013
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Mitochondrial replacement. Proposal for legalisation of human reproductive techniques with germ line gene therapy in the United Kingdom.

 Introduction The Mitochondrial Medicine Centre, the Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research (Newcastle University, UK), is currently developing a method for preventing diseases caused by mutations in mitochondrial DNA.  The strategy consists of combining in vitro...
Posted On 15 Sep 2013
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A brief revision of some assisted reproduction techniques

A brief assisted reproduction techniques revision without forgetting the moral difficulties of in-vitro fertilisation, especially as regards the loss of human embryos and the eugenic nature of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). There is no question of the great social...
Posted On 15 Sep 2013
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Principle of “procreative” beneficience

The principle of “procreative” beneficence is a widely discussed matter in specialised bioethics journals (Bioethics 26; 447-454, 2012). In Savulescu’s opinion, this principle can be formulated as follows: couples (or single reproducers) should select the child, of the possible...
Posted On 14 Jun 2013
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The right to conscientious objection in UK

According to an article in The Guardian (24-IV-2013), two Scottish Catholic midwives appealed their right to conscientious objection not to collaborate in any action related with abortion. The Glasgow health service argued against their being able to object. The two midwives,...
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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