Llibertat per decidir, a portal of the Bioethics and Law Observatory to facilitate citizensʼ decision-making on bioethics
The origin of life, the concept of death, to ability to make particular difficult decisions, or the Stateʼs role in health policies are good examples to illustrate the importance of the debate opened by bioethics, a subject area that studies and reflects on the problems emerged from biological and medical advances and their consequences for the society.
The new portal provides users with some informative documents on different issues, for instance assisted reproduction and research on reproduction techniques, conscientious objection in health care, sexual and reproductive health in adolescence, end-of-life decisions, etc. within a framework of respect for recognised human rights and from a flexible, multidisciplinary and secular approach.
The Bioethics and Law Observatory was created in 1995 and is led by Professor María Casado, who also coordinates the Consolidated Research Group Bioethics, Law and Society. The Observatory gathers a group of interdisciplinary experts and studies the ethical, social and legal implications of new biotechnology techniques from a scientific and multidisciplinary point of view. Among other initiatives, it publishes an issue of the Bioethics and Law Journal every four months. The journal encourages public debate in the field of bioethics applied to health, security, new technologies and environment, etc. The editorial board is composed by professors of Ethics, Law, Medicine, Anthropology and Genetics from different worldwide universities.