Experts call for the universal abolition of surrogacy

Bioethics Observatory 22 April 2024

On April 5 and 6, the “International Conference for the Universal Abolition of Surrogacy” took place in Rome, with the participation of representatives of international organizations, politicians and academics who sought to generate a public debate on this practice. The conference was organized by the

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Ethical values in space exploration

Bioethics Observatory 02 April 2024

Reasons for space exploration Space exploration is driven by an interest in scientific and technological progress, but it is also motivated by an innate desire to explore the unknown, as well as geopolitical and strategic considerations. In fact, the first man set foot on the

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Peru recognizes the rights of conceived and unborn children
11 December 2023

On November 9, the Congress of Peru approved Law No. 785, which recognizes the conceived child as a subject of law. Therefore, the new norm

In the UK, people born with donor gametes can now know who their biological parents are
11 October 2023

From October, children conceived in the United Kingdom since April 2005 through assisted reproduction techniques that have used donor eggs or sperm will be able

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


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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