“No life is unworthy because of the mental disorder it endures”. Bioethical assessment of the Noa Pothoven case.

Is it a case or a trend? Are patients diagnosed with incurable mental disorder being left starving in some countries? Noa Pothoven, a Dutch 17-year-old, was left to die of starvation on 2 June. The teenager had suffered post-traumatic stress, anorexia and depression for several...

Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, recognized founder of applied personalist bioethics, dies

The death of His Eminence Cardinal Elio Sgreccia has been recieved with great sadness by bioethics professionals. Cardinal Sgreccia was one of the greatest representatives of personalist bioethics in recent decades, even though in this era of profound secularization, the fact of...

Reflections on Vincent Lambert paradigmatic case. Death of starvation promulgated by law, an objectively euthanasic act

An assisted death paradigmatic case in a country where euthanasia is not legal Our Observatory at the Catholic University of Valencia considers that the death of Vincent Lambert following the withdrawal of hydration and nutrition is an objectively euthanasic act since, although...

Male and female He created them – A useful text to guide parents in the education of their children in the controversial imposition of gender ideology

Congregation’s thoughts on Gender Ideology On 10 June this year, the Congregation for Catholic Education published a document entitled “Male and Female He Created Them” ( read HERE entire document), which sets out the Congregation’s thoughts on Gender Ideology, and especially how...

Anonimity of gametes donation current legislation has come under increased scrutiny. Bioethical approach

“In contemporary culture young people have strong moral claims to know their genetic identities”. Determining whether gamete donation, especially of semen, should be anonymous is an open bioethical debate that still remains unresolved (read HERE our report). Furthermore, from a...

Seven latest biomedical breakthroughs which present new ethical challenges

Introduction When technical breakthroughs are made in the field of biomedicine, they are always aimed at achieving positive ends, both experimental and biomedical, but they can very often raise ethical and medical concerns. Balance between the risks and benefits This diatribe...

Another molecular revolution. The atlas of human embryonic development

We publish the full text of the article published in the Civica magazine last January (Spanish version HERE) that we consider of great bioethical interest. By now, at this advanced stage of biology in which we find ourselves, no one should doubt that each human individual, each...

Surrogate motherhood moral dilemma. Our bioethical assessment

As we know, surrogacy consists in initiating a pregnancy in a woman other than the biological mother, with the intention that, when the child is born, he or she is to be handed over to the contracting parents. This usually takes place in couples with infertility issues, single...

More facts of the human fertilization process

During the fertilization process, a series of interactions take place between the sperm and the oocyte (egg), with the starting point of the process being the adhesion of the sperm to the membrane of the egg and the subsequent fusion of both cells, a process that involves...

First genetically modified babies case in China. Bioethical approach after latest offical investigations

After the statement from Chinese geneticist Jiankui He that he and his team had achieved the birth of the first genetically modified babies (that our Observatory covered extensively, see HERE), the Chinese government ordered an official investigation that has now confirmed the...