Pope demands that Belgian Catholic hospitals stop euthanasia

Earlier this year a group of Catholic hospitals and clinics for the mentally ill in Belgium announced that it would allow doctors to perform euthanasia on its premises. The group is linked to a religious order, the Brothers of Charity. Earlier this month Pope Francis issued an ultimatum: this must stop by the end of

Panel: “The implementation of the right to enjoy scientific progress and the freedom indispensable for scientific research”

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 Tuesday 20 September 2016, h. 13.00 – 15.00 Room, XXVII, Palais des

Event: “The Right to Enjoy Scientific Progress and the Freedom Indispensable for Scientific Research” (Geneva, June 30, 2017)

THE RIGHT TO ENJOY SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS, AND THE FREEDOM INDISPENSABLE FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH June 30, 2017, 11.00am-13.00pm Conference Room XXVII Palais des Nations of the UN CONCEPT-NOTE Freedom and responsibility are the proverbial two sides of the science medal. Norms, policies and agreements regulating science, whether at the national or international level, must achieve multiple

Why the right to science matters for everyone

Jessica M. Wyndham (Interim Director of the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science) and Margaret Weigers Vitullo (Director of Academic and Professional Affairs at the American Sociological Association) discuss the 2017 March for Science in the context of the human right to science for openDemocracy. The authors

Disability and the Right to Choose: the story of Jennifer Bartlett.

As a young woman, I had no particular desire to be a mother. I was neither for nor against having and raising a child, and as things were at the time, the opportunity had not presented itself. That changed when I was 29 and met Jim, the man who would become my husband. In 2002,

Meet Dr. Willie Parker, a Southern Christian Abortion Provider

No issue in America is more toxic than abortion, and that’s partly because it is today so closely associated with religion. While many feminists see abortion as a matter of choice, some Christians see it as murder. Then there are people like Dr. Willie Parker. Dr. Parker is black, feminist and driven by his Christian

Japan plans to revise policy on doing research on human embryos

The Japan News/Yomiuri   TOKYO – The Japanese government plans to revise its basic policy on conducting research on human embryos, in an effort to implement state-led regulations on such research, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. Aiming to meet the challenges posed by new technologies such as genome editing – a technology that efficiently alters

Swedish midwife opposed to abortion appeals to European Court of Human Rights

Swedish midwife Ellinor Grimmark has decided to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights over Sweden’s hard line on conscientious objection. The Swedish Appeals Court decided earlier this month that the government can force medical professionals to perform and cooperate in abortions, or else be forced out of their profession. Because the ruling in Grimmark

Euthanasia rates rise by 10% in the Netherlands

Deaths by euthanasia increased 10% in the Netherlands in 2016, according to a new report published by the country’s Regional Euthanasia Review Committees (RTE). The report states that in 2016, 6091 patients were euthanised, up from 5516 in 2015. Most of the cases of euthanasia involved people with cancer, serious heart or lung problems or

Widow of Italian Right-To-Die Protagonist Turns Herself In

ROME — The widow of an Italian man who became a protagonist in Italy’s euthanasia debate turned herself into police on Friday after bringing another terminally ill man to Switzerland to die. Mina Welby told reporters outside the Tuscan police station that Davide Trentini had administered a fatal IV drip himself on Thursday in Switzerland