World Congress

for freedom of scientific research

01/23/2017
BY JESSIE HELLMANN - 01/23/17 11:58 AM EST President Trump on Monday reignited the war over abortion by signing an executive order blocking foreign aid or federal funding for international nongovernmental organizations that provide or "promote" abortions. The so-called Mexico City policy, established by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1984, blocks federal funding for international family planning charities that provide abortions or actively promote the procedure. Referred to by critics as the "global gag rule," the policy has been subjected to a game of political football...
01/12/2017
By Kristine Guerra  JANUARY 12, 2017 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order directing government agencies to provide contraception to 6 million Filipino women who don’t have access to birth control and other reproductive health-related services. The executive order implements a landmark legislation signed by Duterte’s predecessor, Benigno Aquino III. The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012, also called the RPRH Act, provides poor women access to reproductive health information and services. The law, which was fiercely fought by...
01/07/2017
Recent evidences show that nervous system acts as a crucial part of cancer microenvironment. Infiltration of nerve fibers into cancer microenvironment has an important active role in cancer progression. The stimulations of both cancer growth and metastasis by members of nervous system such as neurons and glial cells have been demonstrated. However, how the nervous system is built in cancer is largely unknown. Here we show that a fraction of cancer stem cells (CSCs) derived from patients with gastric carcinoma and colorectal carcinoma are capable of producing neurons that are involved in tumor...
01/06/2017
Mexico City has become the first entity within Mexico to legalize euthanasia, after the issue was approved Wednesday by the city's constitutional assembly.  "This is a law that is moving forward in many countries. We also believe that if a person has the right to live with dignity, they also have the right to die with dignity. This law was the right decision," said Jesus Ortega, a lawmaker from the Party of the Democratic Revolution).  "A patient in a terminal condition and in pain must have the option of bringing their death forward," Ortega added.  Euthanasia is a...
12/10/2016
The Labor Government of the Australian state of Victoria will introduce legislation into the Parliament next year to legalise assisted suicide. The Labor Party will allow its MPs a conscience vote. Assisted suicide recently failed in the South Australian Parliament, but only after the Speaker cast the deciding vote. Supporters of change have been buoyed up by their near miss in Adelaide and by a widely publicized campaign orchestrated by media personality Andrew Denton. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is a late convert to the cause of assisted suicide after his father died of...
12/01/2016
Anti-abortion sentiment may be starting to shift in Latin America. Brazil's Supreme Court this week decriminalized early-term abortions, overturning prison sentences for five ex-employees of a Rio de Janeiro abortion clinic on the grounds that terminating pregnancies within the trimester should not be considered a crime, according to teleSUR. The country previously prohibited abortion except in cases where the mother had been raped or her life was in danger. But during a Tuesday hearing on the case, Judge Luis Roberto Barroso advocated for giving women the power to choose...
10/15/2016
The Dutch government plans to create a new end-of-life law for elderly people who are tired of living. Health Minister Edith Schippers told Parliament that a new kind of assisted suicide is needed for people who are not terminally ill or suffering, but who want to die (link to letter to Parliament, in Dutch). She said that the proposed law would come into effect next year. It would cater for “older people who do not have the possibility to continue life in a meaningful way, who are struggling with the loss of independence and reduced mobility, and who have a sense of loneliness, partly...
10/04/2016
The XIII Congress / General Assembly of the members of Luca Coscioni Association, held in Naples (Italy) from September 30 to October 2, 2016 set the objectives of its transnational battle: "Considering that the "right to science" or "right to enjoy the benefits of the progress of science and its applications" is recognized in various forms by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Art. 27) and stated by the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Art. 15); given that Italy has ratified the Additional Protocol to the Covenant on the Economic, Social...
09/26/2016
Thanks to www.radioradicale.it the podcast of the meeting and the transcript are now available in English and Italian.  Organized by the World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research and the “Associazione Luca Coscioni” in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations and International Organizations in Geneva and with the International Institute for the Human right to science Held on September 20, 2016, h. 13.00 – 15.00 Room, XXVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva   PROGRAMME Introduction Hon. Mr. Benedetto Della Vedova, ...
09/26/2016
Thanks to www.radioradicale.it the podcast of the meeting and the transcript are now available in English and Italian.  Organized by the World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research and the “Associazione Luca Coscioni” in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations and International Organizations in Geneva and with the International Institute for the Human right to science Held on September 20, 2016, h. 13.00 – 15.00 Room, XXVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva   PROGRAMME Introduction Hon. Mr. Benedetto Della Vedova,...

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