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...

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...

Surrogate motherhood debate. German court said the biological mother had no maternity rights. Why?

A top German court recommended a woman adopt her own child after she and her husband used a surrogate mother in Kyiv. With surrogacy banned in Germany, the court said the biological mother had no maternity rights. A biological mother of a child born by a surrogate should not...

Fathered 200 children hoping that they would one day track one of them. Now he met a daughter

Worried he’d never have a family, Louis became a prolific sperm donor, hoping that his children would one day track him down.                                    ‘Louis’ with his daughter, Joyce Curiere, who traced him after getting a DNA test Louis used to cycle to the sperm...

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...

Having a baby without having to be pregnant? Considerations of Surrogate Pregnancy

A report published in Study.com titled “Ethical Considerations of Surrogate Pregnancy” (see HERE) begins with this suggestive phrase, “It sounds like a good option right? Especially for those who cannot get pregnant or cannot physically carry a baby. But there...

Being raised by father and mother does matter. Well-being of children with same sex “parents”

“Emotional problems were over twice as prevalent for children with same-sex parents than for children with opposite-sex parents”. It is not a politic but an human right issue. The public debate on same-sex marriage does not focus on eventually adopted children, and if...
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New Network against surrogate motherhood in Spain

Alicia Miyares is a feminist philosopher and writer. For a couple of years now, she has been involved in the movement “No somos Vasijas” (We are not vessels), together with other philosophers such as Amelia Valcárcel and Victoria Camps, dedicating a large part of her...

First case of deceased donor uterine transplantation. It is a relevant medical and social issue

Being able to resolve the reproductive problems suffered by women who have no uterus – whether due to an organic cause or functional abnormality of the uterus – is unquestionably a major medical and social issue. The two possible solutions to this problem are uterus...

The biological status of the early human embryo. When does human life begin?

“Those who argue that that embryo can be destroyed with impunity will have to prove that this newly created life is not human. And no-one, to the best of our knowledge, has yet been able to do so.” Introduction In order to determine the nature of the human embryo, we need to know...