World Congress

for freedom of scientific research

05/21/2015
Il Congresso mondiale per la libertà di ricerca riunisce scienziati, ricercatori, politici e cittadini per trovare soluzioni di governo su temi come la ricerca sugli embrioni, la brevettabilità, le sperimentazioni cliniche, le droghe, gli ogm, la sperimentazione animale e, più in generale, il rapporto tra scienza e religione e tra scienza e democrazia. È al leader radicale Marco Pannella che si deve l’idea, rievocativa del Congresso per la libertà della cultura. La sessione costitutiva si tenne nel 2004, quando in Italia si votò il referendum per consentire la...
05/14/2015
An ailing Chilean girl who got international attention by going on YouTube to make a public plea for permission to end her life has died of her illness. Cystic fibrosis sufferer Valentina Maureira had asked Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to allow her to be euthanized in the YouTube video earlier this year. Her father, Fredy Maureira, confirmed that Valentina died Thursday. He told local Radio Bio Bio that the 14-year-old is finally "resting in peace." Bachelet visited the girl at the hospital, but the government said it could not approve her request to be euthanized. Valentina...
05/13/2015
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch appeals court on Wednesday cleared a man of any criminal responsibility for helping his 99-year-old mother take her own life — a case that aimed to create precedents for assisting suicide in a country where euthanasia already is legal under certain circumstances. Judges in the city of Arnhem said Albert Heringa should not be prosecuted for helping his mother die in 2008 by giving her enough pills for a fatal overdose. In a written verdict, the appeals court said Heringa had to decide between obeying the law against assisting suicide and his "unwritten...
04/27/2015
By James Maynard The first genetic modifications of human embryos by researchers in China have left scientists and the global public divided over ethics. People around the world are grouping into several camps over the scientific breakthrough, which has added fuel to the already heated debate. Genetic editing of humans while they develop in the womb could lead to the elimination of a wide variety of diseases. The practice could also slide into parents designing custom babies with particular eye colors, physical abilities and a myriad of other qualities. These changes would not only be...
04/21/2015
Northern Ireland’s Justice Minister has announced his plans to reform abortion laws in the region for the first time in seventy years. Minister David Ford has proposed that abortion be available in the event of a foetus suffering from a fatal abnormality meaning that they could not survive outside the womb. The proposal marks a significant moment for abortion law reform in the region, which is the only part of the UK where the 1967 Abortion Act does not apply. The politician, who leads the cross community Alliance Party, opened a public consultation in January calling for members...
04/17/2015
  By Radhika Sanghani 1:39PM BST 17 Apr 2015 Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara is reportedly engaged in a legal battle with her ex-fiancé Nick Loeb over their embryos. Yep, you heard me correctly. Back in 2013, the couple underwent IVF, which resulted in fertilised eggs created from Loeb’s sperm and Vergara’s eggs. The couple then split up and the two embryos were preserved at a fertility centre, according to In Touch Weekly. The publication has seen state court documents that show Loeb has now filed suit against Vergara....
04/13/2015
Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation Monday making Oklahoma the second state to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus. The measure prohibits doctors from using forceps, clamps, scissors or similar instruments on a live fetus to remove it from the womb in pieces. Such instruments are used in dilation and evacuation procedures performed in the second trimester. The bill would ban the procedure except when necessary to save a woman’s life. Critics of the bill say the procedure is often the safest to terminate pregnancies during the second...
03/20/2015
A federal judge on Friday struck down a Wisconsin law requiring doctors performing abortions to get hospital admitting privileges, ruling that any benefits to women’s health from the requirement were “substantially outweighed” by the harm done by restricting access to abortion. Judge William M. Conley of Federal District Court, who had earlier put the law on hold ruled that the 2013 law was unconstitutional and issued a permanent injunction blocking its enforcement. Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services had sued the state, arguing t that it would amount to restricting access to...
03/17/2015
France passed legislation on Tuesday giving doctors new powers to place terminally-ill patients in a “deep sleep” until they die, sparking controversy over whether euthanasia should be fully legalised. Eight out of 10 French people are in favour of allowing euthanasia and almost all – 96 per cent – back the “deep sleep” law, polls show. It will apply to patients who are conscious but in “unbearable” pain, whose treatment is not working or who decide to stop taking medication. France legalised “passive euthanasia” in 2005, where treatment, needed to maintain life is withheld or...
03/11/2015
by Souhail Karam and Caroline Alexander (Bloomberg) -- Morocco’s Islamist-led government has asked a panel of clerics, doctors and legislators to look into relaxing a five-decade-old abortion law that activists say is pushing more and more women into back-street terminations. The health ministry will convene a first meeting on Wednesday to discuss changes to the law. Under consideration will be allowing procedures within six weeks in cases of rape and incest, and before the end of the fourth month if birth defects or genetic diseases are found. At the moment, abortion is...

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