[Press Release] New French Government: Alliance VITA more watchful than ever before

Alliance VITA’s first response after the new French Government appointments. General Delegate, Tugdual Derville gives us his reaction following the disclosure of Edouard Philippe’s government: « Of course it is too early to evaluate the practical effect of these appointments. Nevertheless, here are a few comments: A conspicuous absence: the Ministry for the Family A regrettable […]

Nursing Assistant on trial for poisoning 13 elderly patients

The trial for Ludivine Chambet, a 34-year-old nursing assistant opened on May 9, 2017, at the Criminal Court in Chambery. She is accused of having “poisoned” 13 elderly patients between November 2012 and November 2013 at the nursing home where she worked. Ten of the patients died. Arrested on December 12, 2013, Ludivine Chambet admitted […]

Rising IVF Rates: Experts Warn Against Overuse

Scientists are alarmed by the tremendous rise in the number of births by in vitro fertilization (IVF) in Europe. As reported in the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology the tally has now reached more than 1.4 million IVF-infants born since 1997.  The use of assisted reproduction techniques (ART) is constantly increasing, […]

Encouraging Progress for AIDS Research with CRISPR-Cas9

On May 3, 2017 Molecular Therapy published the results of an American group’s progress to suppress virus replication of the Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and therapy for the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).    According to the WHO’s statistics, at the end of 2015, there were 36.7 million people infected worldwide with HIV. Although there are […]

Eugenic Pressure Intensifies: Prenatal Screening Tests Authorized

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) on fetal DNA circulating in the mother’s bloodstream has just been added to the list of screening tests for Down’s syndrome during pregnancy, by a decree published on May 7th in the Official Journal in France. The Paris Public Hospital Network has already announced it will incorporate this screening test throughout […]

Gender “neutral” recognition refused by French Court of Cassation

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On May 4, 2017, the Court of Cassation refused to register a “neutral” gender on civil registries, after an individual requested to have his birth certificate modified for this status instead of masculine.   The unsuccessful 60-year-old plaintiff was born “intersex”, meaning that medically it is difficult to determine the biological sex. According to his […]