“Post-mortem” reproduction at issue

Insémination artificielle
A debate between Barrister Gilbert Collard and Alliance VITA’s study director Blanche Streb On October 13, the Administrative Court in Toulouse France gave a negative verdict on a new case of post-mortem insemination thus upholding the ban. The public rapporteur’s conclusions were presented during Thursday September 29th session. The court confirmed the Medical Center’s opinion […]

Dutch government plans to legalise assisted suicide for those who feel they have ‘completed life’

The Netherlands intends to authorize assisted suicide for elderly people who feel they have “completed life” even though they are perfectly healthy. In a joint letter sent to Parliament, the Dutch Health and Justice Ministers said that “people who have a well-considered opinion that their life is complete, must, under strict and careful criteria, be […]

Council of Europe Rejects Surrogacy recommendations: Alliance VITA’s reaction

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) rejected the draft recommendation for surrogacy on October 11, 2016, following 2 years of discussion on this extremely controversial text. This draft recommendation requested the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to formulate guidelines to protect children born from surrogacy, without explicitly condemning the […]

Questioning new appointments to the French National Consultative Ethics Committee

A decree dated September 27, 2016 and published in the Official Journal on October 5, 2016 lists the new committee members appointed to the French National Consultative Ethics Committee for health and life sciences (CCNE). The mandate for half of the committee members had expired on April 13, 2016 and the appointment of the new […]

Netherlands: incompetent mothers to take compulsory contraception

A new draft law is creating quite a stir in the Netherlands. Rotterdam city council has called for “women judged to be incompetent” to be given compulsory contraception. This idea of deciding who has the right or not to become a parent was submitted by Hugo De Jonge, alderman responsible for Youth Welfare, (the equivalent […]

Seniors: 7th Annual National Day for Caregivers

The 7th Annual National Day for Caregivers was held on October 6, 2016. Throughout France a number of events took place to mark this event. This country alone has over 11 million caregivers: individuals who take care of a relative facing loss of autonomy, due to advanced age or a handicap. Included in this number […]