Italy considers surrogacy a “universal crime”

Bioethics Observatory 15 September 2023

Giorgia Meloni, president of the Italian Council of Ministers since October 2022, has approved in parliament the Varchi law, which considers surrogacy a “universal crime.” She has also announced prison sentences of between three months and two years, and fines of up to one million

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Roberto Andorno: “Let’s put limits on neurotechnology before nothing can be done”

Bioethics Observatory 20 September 2023

Rapid advances in neuroscience and neurotechnology have opened up an unprecedented set of possibilities “for accessing, collecting, sharing and manipulating information from the human brain”, announced Roberto Andorno, professor at the University of Zurich (Switzerland), at the Interuniversity Congress on New Frontiers in Neuroethics, organized

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Wyoming bans abortion pills
03 April 2023

Mark Gordon, Wyoming state governor, has signed into law a bill banning the prescription and use of abortion pills. Wyoming is the first state to

FIAMC opposes the appointment of Mariana Mazzucato to the Pontifical Academy for Life
03 November 2022

The World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (FIAMC) has opposed the appointment of the economist Mariana Mazzucato as a member of the Pontifical Academy for

New electronic book on bioethics for young people
26 July 2022

The Jérôme Lejeune Foundation and the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life have launched a free e-book “Keys to Bioethics”, which makes the contents

The state of Oklahoma passes a bill banning abortion
13 April 2022

The Oklahoma House of Representatives has given its final approval to a bill that almost totally bans abortion, so those who carry out this procedure


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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