Bioethics press synthesis

U.S.: frozen embryos are not people? A attorney submits an appeal before the Ohio Supreme Court

20 May 2019

An Ohio appeals court upheld on Thursday a previous ruling that frozen embryos are not people. This decision was based on an Ohio law that states that an embryo is considered a person only if it can...

Only 20% of American women know their cycle

20 May 2019

A new survey by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York revealed a “basic gap in fertility knowledge for many US women”. The study, which was conducted with 1,000 American women ages 20...

U.S.: Georgia to become the fourth state to adopt the "Heartbeat bill"

20 May 2019

A new American state has adopted the Heartbeat bill, a law that prohibits abortion once a foetal heartbeat can be detected, usually around six weeks of pregnancy. The law will come into effect...

The Vincent Lambert case: the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities calls for euthanasia decision to be suspended

20 May 2019

On 4 May 2019, the UN International Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) – to which the matter was referred by Vincent Lambert's parents – asked France to suspend, "as a...

Abortion in Ireland: 6,000 requests for information since January 2019

20 May 2019

Since abortion was decriminalized in Ireland on 2 January 2019, the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) My Options helpline has received 6,000 calls. Of the 317 Irish general practitioners willing to...

The United Kingdom: 20,500 test-tube babies born in 2017

20 May 2019

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has released its latest data on medically assisted reproduction in the United Kingdom.   More than 54,000 patients underwent 75,000...

The law in the Netherlands authorizes stillborn and aborted children to be registered

20 May 2019

Following a petition signed by 82,000 Dutch people, a law now allows parents who so wish to do so to apply for their stillborn child to be registered as a legal person in the government's official...

A new method to generate iPS cells more efficiently

20 May 2019

Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) are one "of the most important tools in modern biomedical research". To obtain them, an adult cell, for example a skin cell, has to be transformed into an...


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