World Congress

for freedom of scientific research

07/28/2015
Marco Cappato
Contro il terrorismo: laicità e educazione. Può suonare come uno slogan vuoto, dunque ideologico. All`indomani degli attentati di gennaio a Parigi, però, quando il Governo Hollande preannunciò di farne una strategia, sembrò l`unico progetto politico all`altezza della sfida del terrore. E avevano ragione, i francesi. Ma avremmo dovuto prevedere che il tempo raffredda gli entusiasmi, soprattutto per strategie di lungo periodo difficili da incardinare e verificare. E non c`è nulla di più lungo termine che puntare su educazione e libertà civili: nessun nemico da abbattere, nessun drone da...
07/24/2015
A row has broken out over the controversial question of who should take responsibility for a comatose man after doctors refused to decide on ending life support, saying they feared for their safety. According to the parents of Vincent Lambert, 38, left a quadriplegic with severe brain damage after a 2008 motorbike accident. his doctors fear a plot to kidnap him from the hospital in Reims where he is being kept alive by intravenous feeding. Mr Lambert’s father Pierre refused to go into details about the alleged plot after a meeting with doctors on Thursday as anti-euthanasia...
07/22/2015
There is a shifting balance in the relationship between science and technology. Corollary to this shift is a movement away from government-funded research investment to a more market-based approach. The geopolitical ramification are enormous. (Paolo Bianco) To read the article CLICK HERE.
07/09/2015
The Republican-controlled State Assembly on Thursday approved a measure banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in a medical emergency. The bill goes to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature. Mr. Walker, who is set to announce his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Monday, will sign the bill into law, a spokeswoman has said. The bill, which makes no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, was passed by the Republican-led State Senate in June. It prohibits abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, when some abortion foes say an unborn child...
07/04/2015
The Constitutional Court is about to rule on the fundamental issue of embryo research. Whatever the Court’s ruling, the Italian Parliament may still intervene to lift a ban that is harmful both to research and health. For these reasons, we have prepared this petition which we ask you to sign. Promoters: Michele De Luca , Co-President of the Luca Coscioni Association, Filomena Gallo, Secretary of the Luca Coscioni Association, Marco Cappato, Treasurer of the Luca Coscioni Association, Giulio Cossu, Professor of Human Stem Cell Biology at UCL, London, Amedeo Santosussoso, Professor of Law...
06/30/2015
A judge on Tuesday blocked a new state law that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and the Center for Reproductive Rights had sued, arguing that the law violates the right to privacy guaranteed in the State Constitution. Florida was scheduled to become the 27th state to have a mandatory waiting period, and backers of the measure had predicted the law would withstand a legal challenge. They said it would create a reflective period that they hoped would change some women’s minds before they ended their pregnancies. Democrats...
06/25/2015
The "World Congress for Freedom of Research" gathers scientists, researchers, politicians and citizens with the purpose of finding solutions for the governance of issues such as research on embryos, patents, clinical trials, narcotic drugs, GMOs, animal testing and, more in general, to address the relationship between science and religion, and science and democracy. It owes idea to the Hon. Marco Pannella, the leader of the Nonviolent Radical Party, in commemoration of the Congress for Cultural Freedom of the 1950s. The Constitutive session of the World Congress took place in...
06/10/2015
A prosecutor in Georgia prosecutor announced on Wednesday that he had dismissed murder charges against a 23-year-old woman accused of inducing an abortion by taking pills. The Associated Press reported that Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards had said in statement that Kenlissia Jones had been released from jail. However, she still faced a charge of dangerous drug possession. “Georgia law presently does not permit prosecution of Ms. Jones for any alleged acts related to the end of her pregnancy,” the statement said. The decision to charge Ms Jones with murder had...
06/05/2015
PARIS — Europe's top human rights court has allowed doctors to stop treatment of a French man left comatose after a car accident seven years ago, a case that has drawn nationwide attention amid debate about end-of-life practices. The European Court of Human Rights on Friday confirmed a decision by a French court last year that Vincent Lambert had been clear he did not want to be kept in a vegetative state. The court's ruling said withdrawing artificial nutrition and hydration would not violate the European Convention on Human Rights. Lambert's family members disagree on whether to...
06/04/2015
The California Senate approved a physician-assisted suicide bill on Thursday that would allow some terminally ill patients to obtain medication to end their lives, even as opponents criticized the bill as dangerous. California lawmakers unveiled the bill in January in an effort tearfully welcomed by a woman whose 29-year-old daughter, Brittany Maynard, moved from California to Oregon last year to end her life after she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Maynard became a high-profile advocate for assisted suicide before her death, and was featured on People magazine's cover....

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