Children conceived by assisted reproduction deprived of knowing their genetic origins

Many persons conceived through third-party participation are deprived of  crucial information The use of donor sperm or egg for reproduction and mitochondrial transfer techniques (2 mothers and one father) raise the issue of the right of donor-conceived persons to know their...

Alfie Evans’ parents welcome baby boy four months after losing their firstborn

The parents of Alfie Evans are celebrating the birth of their son – four months after they lost their firstborn to a rare degenerative disease. Kate James, 20, gave birth to a little boy in August who has been named Thomas after his 21-year-old father and said to be...

Charter of rights of the incurable children. Are some children’s life not worth living?

The new scenario deserves particular care and treatments that make specific legislation necessary On 28 May, a seminar course entitled, “Are there incurable children?”, was held at the Bambino Gesù children’s hospital, located at the top of the Janiculum Hill in Rome. One...

J. Savulescu et ad demonstrate how medical ethics is more important than ever and criticize moral relativism

We quote with satisfaction, parts of the recent editorial of the Jornal Medical Ethics with the suggestive title “Philosophical medical ethics: more necessary than ever”. It is rare to find a philosophical issue in a scientific journal. We support the authors’...

Medical, legal, social and bioethical assessment of euthanasia. Part II. Bioethical Aspects

See, Part I Medical aspects – Part III Legal and social aspects Bioethical assessment of medical professional deliberately causing someone’s death In order enter into the bioethical assessment of deliberately causing someone’s death, according to whether or not certain...

Medical, legal, social and bioethical assessment of euthanasia. Part III. Legal and social aspects

See, – Part I Medical aspects – Part II – Bioethical aspects Consequences of the legalisation of euthanasia: A slippery slope  As we published on the Bioethics Observatory website,[1] a study conducted every five years to determine the causes of death in the...

Recent study about mental health care in Europe shows dehumanisation

Images of people incarcerated, unkempt and kept in chains, mocked, and uncared for dominate the history of psychiatry, particularly from the middle ages to the early 20th century. Locked up for years, and forcibly sedated or sterilised, those with mental ill health were subject...

When Hospital’s decision-making affects the end of life patients basic rights. Alfie Evans case bioethics approach

New conflictive NHS hospital’s decisions The new conflict between NHS hospital decision supported by English Supreme Court and parents claims has arisen a new strong public opinion reaction and an international debate. Alfie was born on May 9, 2016, but suffered seizures...