Alabama governor signs surgical and chemical abortion ban into law. It reignited abortion debate

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the state’s controversial near-total abortion ban Wednesday evening. The new law is the most restrictive anti-abortion measure passed in the United States since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.The legislation — House Bill 314, “Human Life...

China breached international criminal law. Organs are harvested from political prisoners

China abuses in this and other fields have been published by our Observatory (for example frauduent trials scandal). On the other hand obtaining organs for transplantation from political prisoners has been fundamental to maintain donor organ levels in China for a substantial...

Promising new treatment of spinal cord injuries presents bioethical problems should be resolved

Spinal cord injuries are one of the pathologies that present the greatest medical issues in regenrative medicine. Thus, their possible treatment with stem cells has meant—and means—one of the major challenges for regenerative and reparatory medicine. Nevertheless, progress in...

German Ethics Council statement about germline intervention overlooks current use of embryos in this line of research

Last year, the birth of the first genetically modified babies shook the world (see HERE). The German Ethics Council now presents a comprehensive ethical investigation into possible interventions in the genome of human embryos or germ cells. The Council does not deem the human...

Overview of worlwide suicide burden. Deaths from suicide rose 6.7% worldwide between 1990 and 2016

Suicide has been recognized as a major public health problem by the World Health Organization (WHO). In a specific document on this issue published in 2013 (see HERE ), it proposed a plan to reduce suicides by 10% between 2012 and 2020. 10% In January 2018, 28 of the 194...

In which measure people who feel happy or sad with the meaning of their lives are due exclusively to genetic factors?

Genetic determinism controversy. Can it determine the meaning of our life? If despite genetic macrodata it is difficult to identify somewhat complex disorders, some studies have dared to probe traits as diffuse as the propensity to crime, muscle power or academic performance. One...

Human fetal tissue debate erupted again. The Trump administration restricts the use of fetal tissues

Moral, and ethical considerations The Trump administration is limiting the use of fetal tissues obtained from elective abortions for biomedical research. Should the government pay for medical research that uses tissue from aborted fetuses? Can human tissue be used as an object of...