Launched a book about the rights of incurable children. Ethics, Conflict and Medical Treatment for Children: From disagreement to dissensus

What should happen when doctors and parents disagree about what would be best for incurable children? On April 23 a  case added a new impulse to Charlie Gard parents, Bambino Gesu and bioethicist fight to find an adequate medical protocol legislative and  solution that would...

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...

Medical, legal, social and bioethical assessment on 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...

The donation organs law of presumed consent of donors – opt-out – is being discussed in France and the UK

The organ donation, “A free act that should be a voluntary gift” is defended Based on an urgent necessity of organs, presumed consent of donors law is presented as a possible solution. But In France where this law has been regulating organ donation for decades, now is...

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...

Rights of women during childbirth. Does informed consent mean doctors can perform surgery against patient explicit will?

Can doctors perform surgery only with the pregnant mother’s signed consent document when they enter hospital?   Nadia Sawicki, professor of law and bioethics at Loyola University Chicago (see HERE) says that even though patients sign consent documents when they enter the...