Demographic winter in Europe. Replacement levels fails to meet generational replacement based in Eurostat’s recent data

Europe does not meet generational replacement levels, which is probably one of the most serious social problems in this part of the world. Never has it been more justified to assign Europe the classic name of “the Old Continent”. It is often said that some countries has been...

Journal of Medical Ethics article defends conscientious objection on the same grounds on which has been heavily criticised: abortion provision

Under the provocative title of Questionable benefits and unavoidable personal beliefs: defending conscientious objection for abortion, an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) has defended the conscientious objection of medical professionals in the key area of abortion...

Trachea transplants. Medical and ethical assessment of Paolo Macchiarini’s experiments

An interesting article was published recently in “The American Journal of Bioethics” (read HERE), that gives a brief history of the controversial trachea transplants performed by Paolo Macchiarini and his co-workers (see HERE) our previous news about the case)....

“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...