Guidelines published to prevent STD (sexually transmitted diseases) in prisions. Is this collective receiving these basic needs?

In the last week of May this year, 2018, the “European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control” and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction published guidelines for the prevention and monitoring of contagious diseases in prisons including std...

Savulescu and Schuklenk propose to restrict the conscientious objection of healthcare practitioners

Professionals must always perform any treatment that a patient may request? – See video below about the role of  conscience in medicine Savulescu and Schuklenk have proposed the concept “incompatibility thesis” (see HERE), which defines that the professional duties of...

JME publication. Importance of philosophy in the context of medical ethics. “The most profound questions that health professionals face are not scientific or technical, but ethical”

Last July, an article was published in the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) by outgoing editors Julian Savulescu, Thomas Douglas and Dominic Wilkinson, in which they reflect on the importance of philosophy in the context of medical ethics, as their term as editors of the journal...

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...

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...

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...

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...