Bioethics press synthesis

In Canada, the debate on the legal status of the foetus is refuelled

22 March 2018

Premeditated murder? In July 2017, Sofiane Ghazi plunged a knife several times into the abdomen of his partner who was 8 months pregnant. The mother survived her wounds but the baby died....

Contraceptive pill and strokes - is there a connection?

22 March 2018

A report initially published in Medlink Neurology in 2003 has been updated to highlight the links between hormonal contraception and strokes. A distinction is made between the different types of...

10% of transplants around the world the result of organ trafficking

22 March 2018

According to a WHO report [1], at least 10% of organ transplants performed worldwide are allegedly the result of some form of trading including transplant tourism.   In countries such as...

Legal deadline for abortion reduced from 20 to 15 weeks in the State of Mississippi

22 March 2018

In the United States, the State of Mississippi has just approved a reduction in the legal abortion limit from 20 weeks (22nd week of pregnancy) to 15 weeks (17th week of pregnancy). Once passed,...

USA: second baby born after a uterus transplant

19 March 2018

This American woman was born with the Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome (MRKH), i.e. without a uterus. She lived “convinced she would never be able to get pregnant or have a baby”. However, she...

Reproductive technologies and embryo research have transformed gametes into marketable products

19 March 2018

In India, a woman recently used semen from her son who died of cancer to have grandchildren. The mother used an egg donation and called on a surrogate mother to have the twins. In this case, her son...

Four investigations into possible criminal euthanasia in the Netherlands

19 March 2018

In its annual report on euthanasia in 2017, the Regional Euthanasia Surveillance Committee in the Netherlands reported 12 suspicious cases for the year 2017 (cf. Pays-Bas : l’euthanasie des personnes...

Referendum in Ireland: the government proposes 21 clauses to regulate abortion

19 March 2018

On March 7, the Supreme Court authorized a referendum on abortion.  The aim is to amend the eighth amendment of the Constitution, which recognizes the equal right to life of the mother and the...


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