The man with 3 faces, after an astonishing medical feat. What ethical difficulties can face-transplants pose?

“The man with three faces. These transplants pose, indeed, the question of identity”. Health professionals at Hospital Georges Pompidou in Paris have performed a double face transplant (see HERE).  After the first transplant failed in  Jérôme Hamon of France, a...

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...

Is the right of conscientious objection protected in Europe when it comes to abortion?

Although abortion has been legal in most European countries for years, the possibility of invoking conscientious objection for those healthcare providers who are against participating in this practice is not yet well defined. This topic has been widely addressed theoretically,...

Euthanasia. Politicians and media support a law neither patients nor doctors want

Nearly a year after the Washington District enacted a law allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives following the euthanasia political agenda — over the objections of congressional Republicans, religious groups and advocates for those with disabilities — not a single...

Belgium considers euthanizing psychiatric patients without meeting legal requirements

Since the approval of euthanasia in Belgium in 2002, more than 10,000 people have been euthanized there. The reasons for its practice are theoretical determined by law and require some specific conditions, such as imminent death, constant and unbearable pain, and the patient’s...

Moral assessment of frozen human embryos adoption in the Magisterium of Catholic Church

Our Observatory published a paper in the journal Acta Bioética that for its relevance we want to make known our readers. The criterion of the Catholic Church in addition to giving a moral instruction to its faithful is an undoubted reference, in so difficult matter, for all the...

Cryopreserve ovarian tissue from prepubertal girls who are to undergo cancer treatment. Medical and ethical approach

When a cancer patient is treated with radio and/or chemotherapy, they can become infertile, both men and women. Consequently, ovarian tissue cryopreservation prior to treatment is recommended in women, with the cryopreserved tissue then transferred again to the patient if she...