International adoption in France: sharp fall in 2015

Black Baby and White woman holds hands with a little baby native African girl, in Bamako, Mali. Peace on earth symbol. A beautiful shot with lots of possible background symbols. No to Racism!
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development published the 2015 statistics for international adoptions in France on January 26, 2016. According to the latest tally by the International Adoption Mission, only 815 foreign children were adopted by the French in 2015. Between 2010 and 2015, the number of international adoptions in France fell by […]

Tutor for Vincent Lambert: judge’s decision on March 10th

An audience before the Family Court at the Reims Regional Magistrate Court was held on February 1, 2016 where the guardianship judge heard the arguments from different members of Vincent Lambert’s family concerning the possible nomination of a tutor for this man hospitalized in a semi-conscious state since 2008. This procedure was initiated by the […]

Red alert: Genome editing on human embryos

Gene editing health care concept as molecular scissors cutting a dna strand as a medical science and biology technology symbol for changing genetic material to help cure disease.
On February 1, 2016, the British authorities for human reproduction and embryology, the HFEA, gave authorization to a research team to genetically modify human embryos for research purposes for the first time in the UK. This authorization involves using the CRISPR-Cas9 technique, which can specifically target genes in DNA. This is one of the very […]

Belgium: 78% increase in euthanasia in 4 years; over 2000 cases in 2015

The federal control and evaluation commission for euthanasia announced on January 27, 2016, that the number of euthanasia cases officially declared had reached 2,021 in 2015, compared to 1,133 in 2011, therefore an increase of 78.4% during this period. This commission, charged with verifying the application of the 2002 law decriminalizing euthanasia in Belgium, publishes […]