World Congress

for freedom of scientific research

01/27/2016
France's Parliament has approved a bill that will let doctors keep terminally ill patients sedated until death comes but stops short of legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide. After years of tense debate over the issue and a long journey through Parliament, the bill was passed by the country's lower house and Senate Wednesday. The text is the result of a consensus of Socialist and conservative lawmakers. The new law will allow patients to request "deep, continuous sedation altering consciousness until death" but only when their condition is likely to lead to a quick death. Doctors...
12/01/2015
Although only one-third of British people are aware that it is impossible for the average woman in Northern Ireland to have an abortion, a number of significant cases across the Irish Sea have raised the profile of this struggle. A landmark ruling – though undoubtedly welcome – serves primarily as a reminder of just how far there is to go. A High Court judge ruled that the ban on abortions for women carrying babies with fatal abnormalities, or who have been victims of rape or incest, amounted to a breach of human rights. That it has taken this long to reach such a pass is disturbing....
09/11/2015
Sharon Bernstein reporst from Reuter: The California legislature on Friday approved a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients despite opposition from religious and disability rights groups, sending it to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown for his approval or veto. The bill would allow mentally competent patients to request a prescription that would end their lives if two doctors agree the patients have only six months to live. The measure, based on a similar law in Oregon, passed the state Senate on Friday on a vote of 23-14, after passing the Assembly on...
09/05/2015
 The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a case that would have overruled existing Italian law on the use of frozen embryos in research. The court ruled that Adelina Parillo, who with her partner Stefano Rolla, a film director, created five embryos in 2002, did not have a right to donate her embryos to scientists for research. Parillo was claiming that existing Italian law regulating embryo research violated the right to privacy and private property. After the sudden death of her partner in 2003 Parillo tried to donate the embryos for research into disease. In a 16-1 the...
08/14/2015
A federal judge has blocked a regulation that could have permanently closed Alabama’s busiest abortion clinic, saying the rule was unnecessary to protect women. Judge Myron Thompson of Federal District Court issued a temporary restraining order blocking the rule last week and followed up with an opinion issued Thursday. The 2007 regulation requires clinics to hire a physician with hospital-admitting privileges to handle patient complications. The West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa, one of five abortion providers in Alabama, sued. The clinic complied with the regulation for years, but...
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...

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