Review of countries where Euthanasia has been legalised. Increasing involuntary euthanasia, without consent by patients

Euthanasia a slippery slope that ends in involuntary euthanasia Euthanasia was legalised in Belgium in 2002, where is defined as “the intentional termination of a patient’s life by a physician at the patient’s request”, so that only voluntary euthanasia...

Surrogacy in America for male same-sex couples. This is a “select group” for whom the cost of children is particularly high

Of the 594,000 same-sex couple households in the United States, 115,000 have children In 2014, approximately 37,800 male same-sex couples in the United States had children, most through gestational surrogacy.   Little is known about the reasons these couples have for choosing...

Pulmonary organoids produced from human iPS cells in three dimensions (3D)

Lung organoids have been produced from human pluripotent stem (iPS) cells that contain various components of lung tissue, and even airways and alveolar structures (see HERE). Recapitulation of lung development from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) in three dimensions (3D)...

Palliative care in Latin America. Patients who require this treatment do not have access to it

Palliative is a patient right  Since its introduction in the 1980s, palliative care has been evolving gradually in Latin America. There are currently 922 services in 19 countries. This corresponds to 1.63 services per million inhabitants, so most patients in the region who...

Germ line genome editing. Current tendency is to accept it, with the ethical difficulties that it entails

In December 2015, an international summit took place in Washington D.C., convened by the United States National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine, at which scientists, doctors, bioethicists and specialists in legal matters met to reach a consensus on the...

New artificial species. Could they affect biodiversity?

An article was recently published in the blog Practical Ethics, defending the use of synthetic biology and gene editing to obtain new organisms that do not exist in nature. Its author argues that if biodiversity is valuable, then it should be promoted, adding new species instead...

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...

Recent findings. Children conceived through assisted reproduction, now adolescents, have more medical problems

These recent findings should be taken into consideration when making an ethical assessment of assisted reproduction. An issue that often arises is whether children conceived through assisted reproductive technique – ART (see HERE) present more medical and/or mental health...

UK government has appointed ‘guardian’, to represent Charlie Gard in Court, an euthanasia activist

Charlie Gard’s parents angry that baby’s lawyer is head of charity that backs assisted dying  Charlie Gard’s parents have privately expressed their concern after discovering that the lawyer appointed to represent their 11-month-old son in court heads a charity...

CHARLIE GARD: 37 European deputies stand against the European Court of Human Rights decision

In an open letter, 37 Eurodeputies support Charlie Gard and his parents and demand the respect of the right to live (see original letter signed at Strasbourg and titled, Charlie Gard must be given right to life, human dignity) After the decision of the British Courts and of the...