On the moral problem of vaccination

Bioethics Observatory 17 January 2022

The conflict of vaccination mandates that should be accorded to people who refuse to be vaccinated is a topic of bioethical debate. In previous posts, we analyzed the reasons that support vaccination, from the recognition of available scientific evidence and respect for the bioethical principles

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SARS-CoV-2 leak gains traction


Macron intends to incorporate abortion into the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

Bioethics Observatory 21 January 2022

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has asked the European Parliament in Strasbourg that abortion and environmental protection be explicitly incorporated (EU) in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.  “I want us to consolidate our values as Europeans, which are our unity,

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medical data erased


Pig-to-human kidney transplant
21 January 2022

For the first time, a bilateral kidney xenotransplantation (pig-to-human kidney transplant) performed in a brain-dead person is detailed in a scientific journal. The surgical team

referendum questioned
A referendum in San Marino passes a pro-abortion motion
04 October 2021

A recent referendum passed by the majority a motion that would allow women to voluntarily terminate their pregnancy within 12 weeks of gestation. After the

Autism therapeutic treatment has a new important means to advance
Major Advances Toward Possible Treatment for People with Autism
17 September 2021

Good news for people affected by this chronic disease. A new avenue to find autism therapeutic treatment Not long ago, a treatment for autism spectrum

Marriage and family undermined
Switzerland: Same-sex couples raised to the status of a married family
07 September 2021

Same-sex couples are raised to the status of a constituted family. Marriage and family undermined The Swiss parliament and the federal council of government approved


The Catholic University of Valencia was founded on 8th of December 2003, the “youngest” of the Spanish Catholic universities. On 20th September 2006, the Institute of Life Sciences was constituted within the University itself, and within it, the Bioethics Observatory.

The Observatory has a website in Spanish that was created on Decembre 2007 (see HERE), and we are now starting a new chapter with our website in English, given the importance of this language in the field of bioethical research.

Our website includes “Special reports”, based on the latest biomedical and biotechnological research findings from the world’s top medical and scientific journals, such as the biological and anthropological status of the human embryo, matters regarding the end of life, especially euthanasia, assisted suicide and palliative care, and also some of the issues that are currently giving rise to major debates, including: assisted reproduction, surrogacy, use of contraceptives and the morning-after pill, transsexuality, genome editing, synthetic biology, production of human-animal chimeras for medical purposes and transhumanism.

Special Reports includes extensive reference material on these topics, which is constantly updated as new information becomes available. It is also a dynamic means of communication with our readers to reflect on these issues.




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