In vitro fertilization negative medical effects

Increase in premature births, low birth weight, congenital abnormalities and perinatal complications… There is growing medical evidence of the presence adverse outcomes following the use of assisted reproduction techniques. There is no doubt that most perinatal morbidity...

World hunger. FAO report announces the largest drop recorded to date

FAO report  published on 27th May, shows a decrease of around 200 million hungry people in the world compared to the 1990 Report, which listed the global objectives now achieved (“State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015”). World hunger: more than a result a trend...

Homosexual relationships. The legal situation in Africa

Homosexual relationships are illegal in 33 out of 54 African countries, and punishable by death in four of them. Anti-gay views have risen in recent years (Newsweek, 7/10/2017). Our Bioethics Observatory, while we cannot defend homosexuality, we can support the undeniable rights...

Ovarian stimulation for ovulation or IVF treatment. Does it increase the risk of gynaecological cancers?

The ovarian stimulation used in in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a medical issue with extensive bioethical repercussions,  since it may increase the risk of gynaecological cancers. Now, however, a large study that included 178,396 women has confirmed that the ovarian stimulation...

Dignity of the human embryo from fecundation is recognised by the European Court of Human Rights

On 27 August, 2015, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued its judgement in the case of Parrillo vs. Italy (Application no. 46470/11), rejecting by 16 to 1 the applicants desire to donate human embryos to be used in biomedical research, an act...

Genome editing. Medical and ethical lively debate

Genetic modification of the human germ line that will pass to children, and to future generations,has sparked a lively debate in the international scientific community. Genome editing consists of the modification or removal of specific DNA sequences in order, for example, to...
Posted On 21 Oct 2015
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Teenage pregnancy rates in South and North America

Different teenage pregnancy rates studies. The birth rate for teenage mothers (15 to 19 years) in Colombia is 69 per 1000 women of this age. In Chile this figure is 55, in Peru 51, in Argentina 54, in Paraguay 67 and in Bolivia 72. Teenage pregnancy rates in the United Kingdom is...

Galileo’s sentence. Where is the truth?

Has the suffering endured by Galileo at the hands of Churchmen and institutions been acknowledged? John Paul II recognised the greatness of Galileo, and deeply regretted the mistakes of those theologians. In fairness though, it should be said that a great myth has been created...

Pregnant women declared brain dead. Should life support be maintained?

Maintaining life support in pregnant women declared brain death is a question that arises quite often in gynaecology practice and has now been raised again with the news of two recent cases.The first concernsMarlise Muñoz, in Texas, USA, and the other Robyn Benson, in British...

Physicians’ bioethics positions in USA and Europe

They change for the worst. A recent survey about physicians’ bioethics position held by doctors in partocualr cases (Medscape Ethics Report 2014, Part 1: Life, Death, and Pain. December 16, 2014.) features the opinions of American and European physicians on the ethical...
Posted On 06 Jul 2015
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