World Congress

for freedom of scientific research

11/15/2014
The two videos in which Brittany Maynard explained her decision to end her life under Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act put a human face — and a very young one — on a sometimes abstract debate. Viewers saw her walking in the woods with her husband. There were glimpses of the small purse that held bottles of legally prescribed barbiturates and the sunny bedroom where she intended to take a lethal dose. They heard her mother tearfully support her decision. As mournful piano music played, they heard Ms. Maynard, 29, express relief that she would be able to die peacefully, when she chose,...
11/12/2014
Jennie Bristow reports on the 2014 Congress of the International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraceptive Associates (FIAPAC) in Ljubljana on 2-4 October 2-4, 2014. She provides an up-to-date overview of Abortion laws in Europe that shows that Ireland and Poland "are noticeable for being out of step with the European norm" and she discusses public attitudes towards abortion in Spain, France, Sweden and Luxembourg. She also looks at European abortion trends and at the pressing issue of recruiting abortion doctor and conscientious objection.
10/15/2014
To the President of the Council of Ministers, Mr. Matteo Renzi To the Commissioner of Expo 2015, Dr. Giuseppe Sala To the President of the Region of Lombardy, Hon. Roberto Maroni To the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Maurizio Martina To the Mayor of Milan, Hon. Giuliano Pisapia The title of Expo 2015 is "Feeding the planet, energy for life", we believe that in such a context, a  discussion on Genetically Modified Organisms is needed, and it should be promoted through national and international scientific figures, who have been engaged to raise public awareness on...
09/24/2014
Chile, one of the most conservative countries in Latin America, is getting ready for an unprecedented debate on the legalisation of therapeutic abortion, which is expected to be approved this year. In Chile, more than 300,000 illegal abortions are practiced annually – a scourge that is both cause and effect of many other social problems. “Abortion in Chile is like the drug trade – surrounded by illegality and precariousness,” 27-year-old Alicia, who had an abortion five years ago, told IPS. “A friend told me about a gynecologist, I went to see him and he told me the date, time and...
09/15/2014
In September 2014, the conservative government of Mariano Rajoy decided to suspend the reform of the 2010 abortion law that was approved under the socialist government of Jose Luis Zapatero, because of internal division over the legislative project. Though in July the justice minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon affirmed that the law would be approved “by the end of the summer” – technically before September 21, governmental sources told the daily El Mundo that the project was temporarily – others said definitely – suspended. Internal divisions over the reform...
09/12/2014
A Japanese woman in her 70s is the first person to receive tissue derived from induced pluripotent stem cells, a technology that has created great expectations since it could offer the same regenerative potential as embryo-derived cells but without some of the ethical and safety concerns. n a two-hour procedure starting at 14:20 local time today, a team of three eye specialists lead by Yasuo Kurimoto of the Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital, implanted a 1.3 by 3.0 millimetre sheet of retinal pigment epithelium cells into an eye of the Hyogo prefecture resident, who suffers from age-...
09/04/2014
The Ministry of Health made public a draft of legislation aiming to regulate gamete donation. The draft embraces donor’s anonymity with some limitations. A donor can be re-contacted by the physician treating a couple and asked to share some medical information provided the donor gave informed consent to being re-contacted and access his/her medical record is needed because of serious reasons concerning the health of the embryo and the newborn. The draft also adopts the principles that donation must be voluntary and gratuitous and that the number of pregnancy traceable to a single donor must...
08/29/2014
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves a clinical trial using stem cell therapy on patients with spinal cord injury. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), California’s stem cell agency, is funding the trial. The Phase 1/2a clinical trial is designed to test the safety of this approach and to see if it has any benefit for patients. This project revives the first clinical trial approaved by the FDA in 2010 and then abandoned by Genron in November 2011 saying it couldn't afford to continue. In October 2013, it sold the program to Asterias, a then-new...
08/19/2014
In 2014, an online database listing doctors allegedly opposed to terminations and contraception was set up in New Zealand. The database lists dozens of medical professionals who are said to oppose abortion. The site's advocates say patients, as consumers, have a right to know who does not offer contraception or abortion referrals because of their moral or religious views.  An anti-abortion group says it is a "name and shame" exercise. Under the law, medical professionals can conscientiously object to performing abortions or sterilisations. The law required objecting doctors...
08/18/2014
Iran banned permanent contraception (vasectomy and similar intervnetions on women). The bill also bans the advertising of birth control in a country where condoms had been widely available and family planning considered entirely normal. The ban aims to reverse the decline in Iran's population, but reformists see the law as part of a drive by conservatives to keep Iran's highly educated female population in traditional roles as wives and mothers. Abortion is legal in Iran if the mother is in danger or if the foetus is diagnosed with certain defects

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