United States Government and the practice of surrogation. “Military wives” surrogate mothers

“Most American citizens have no idea that taxpayer-funded Tricare Health Insurance, provided to members of the military, is being used to cover the pregnancy and childbirth costs of surrogate pregnancies for contracting buyers.” In previous articles, we treat the...

Open debate in the UK. Bioethicists and parents argue for a change in childcare law in the UK

 “Best interest” or “independent significant harm test” A paper in the British Medical Journal has called for ‘new solutions’ to disputes between parents and doctors on medical care, in the wake of the Alfie Evans case. Two bioethicists have argued there...

Have obstetricians and gynecologists the right to conscientious objection in Great Britain?

Physicians and medical personnel conscientious objection to abortions and to prescribe the morning-after pill One of the problems that most concerns healthcare professionals who train at the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), a faculty of Royal College of...

Our Observatory gives a transhumanism lecture in the Week for Life of the European Parliament – Brussels

The Catholic University of Valencia’s Bioethics Observatory has given a lecture at the European Parliament in Brussels as part of the annual Week for Life which One of Us participates since the launch of the European Citizens’ Initiative. The lecture was given by Dr Enrique...

Minimal ethics. An expression of contractualism, its tool the consensus decision-making

It assumes that universally valid ethical principles do not exist Minimal ethics is an extension of contractualism – approval or disapproval of society – and, therefore, part of its same presupposition: the impossibility of establishing universally valid ethical...

Concerning infant circumcision. Only in the U.S.A. 58% are being circumcised

It does not seem ethically correct to subject boys to a circumcision surgical. This  procedure is considered “questionable, unproven and irrelevant”  by an independent international panel A hotly-debated issue is that concerning the ethics of circumcision of boys when...
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Infant born at 21 weeks and 4 days healthy survives when it was suggested that she should not be resuscitated

Which is the best interests standard to extremely premature infants? The case of these children is a ray of hope for early premature infants life expectations, 15 million by year worldwide According to an article published in Pediatrics,  a baby born at 21 weeks and 4 days of...

Figures of deaths and displacement, due to war, totalitarian governments and religious persecutions seen since World War II

Is the XXI Century #inhumanity similar to the sad past Century human rights violation? Deaths and displacements due to the war in African countries. The war in Syria has already caused more than 200,000 deaths. More than 10,000 people have died in internal conflicts in Southern...

An NHS investigation has been launched following 400 accidentally switch off oxygen with patients serious damages including several deaths

A safety alert has been issued after watchdogs uncovered more than 400 incidents in which cylinder controls were wrongly operated – including 24 cases where patients came to “moderate or severe harm”. The blunders saw six patients die, while five suffered cardiac arrest or...

Ethical debate. “Right to try laws” allow terminally ill patients access experimental treatments

The U.S Senate on easily passed legislation that aims to help terminally ill patients access experimental treatments (for example, stem cells therapies) under so-called “right to try” laws.  Now the full House will vote on it (STATS, January 8, 2017). The bill would establish...