UN denounces selective abortion of girls in Albania

Bioethics Observatory 21 February 2024

In Albania, the number of births of girls is decreasing due to selective abortions that have been carried out in recent years. This is a nation with a majority Muslim population (60%) in which there are great social inequalities between men and women, which could

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Has life been created in the laboratory?

Bioethics Observatory 20 February 2024

In the mid-nineteenth century, Louis Pasteur conducted the famous experiments refuting the theory of spontaneous generation, according to which spontaneously living organisms could originate from inert, organic or inorganic matter. It was a belief, already noted by Aristotle, which was accepted almost universally, although some

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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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