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    Gene Editing, the Mystic Threat to Human Dignity
    Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 16 (2): 249-257. 2019.
    Many arguments have been made against gene editing. This paper addresses the commonly invoked argument that gene editing violates human dignity and is ultimately a subversion of human nature. There are several drawbacks to this argument. Above all, the concept of what human dignity means is unclear. It is not possible to condemn a practice that violates human dignity if we do not know exactly what is being violated. The argument’s entire reasoning is thus undermined. Analyses of the arguments in…Read more
  •  26
    Are Wrongful Life Actions Threatening the Value of Human Life?
    Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 14 (3): 339-345. 2017.
    Most courts around the world have been refusing wrongful life actions. The main argument invoked is that the supposed compensable injury cannot be classified as such, since life is always a blessing no matter how hard and painful it is.In opposition to mainstream scholars and the dominant case law, this article sustains that life must be distinguished from living conditions, the former being the real injury at stake, since some living conditions are so intolerable that in themselves they justify…Read more
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    Lost in ‘Culturation’: medical informed consent in China
    Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 22 (1): 17-30. 2019.
    Although Chinese law imposes informed consent for medical treatments, the Chinese understanding of this requirement is very different from the European one, mostly due to the influence of Confucianism. Chinese doctors and relatives are primarily interested in protecting the patient, even from the truth; thus, patients are commonly uninformed of their medical conditions, often at the family’s request. The family plays an important role in health care decisions, even substituting their decisions f…Read more
  •  11
    Can China’s ‘standard of care’ for COVID-19 be replicated in Europe?
    Journal of Medical Ethics 46 (7): 451-454. 2020.
    The Director-General of the WHO has suggested that China’s approach to the COVID-19 crisis could be the standard of care for global epidemics. However, as remarkable as the Chinese strategy might be, it cannot be replicated in other countries and certainly not in Europe. In Europe, there is a distribution of power between the European Union and its member states. In contrast, China’s political power is concentrated in the central government. This enables it to take immediate measures that affect…Read more
  •  10
    An ethical evaluation of the legal status of foetuses and embryos under Chinese law
    with Zhe Ma
    Developing World Bioethics 20 (1): 38-49. 2020.
    Developing World Bioethics, EarlyView.
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    Wrongful genetic connection: neither blood of my blood, nor flesh of my flesh
    Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 23 (2): 309-319. 2020.
    The use of reproductive techniques and the eventual reproductive negligence from the provider of reproductive services gave rise to situations in which the intended parents are deprived of raising a child genetically connected to them. Courts have been dealing with cases of those for years, but have systemically denied claimants compensation, failing to recognise as damage the loss of genetic connection. In 2017, for the first time, the Singapore High Court provided compensation for that damage,…Read more
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    The events surrounding COVID-19, combined with the mandatory quarantines widely imposed in Asia and Europe since the virus outbreak, have reignited discussion of the balance between individual rights and liberties and public health during epidemics and pandemics. This article analyses this issue from the perspectives of precaution and necessity. There is a difficult relationship between these two seemingly opposite principles, both of which are frequently invoked in this domain. Although the pre…Read more
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    In March 2020, the Portuguese Government issued a remarkable regulation by which irregular migrants who had previously started the regularization procedure were temporarily regularized and thus allowed full access to all social benefits, including healthcare. The Portuguese constitutional and legal framework is particularly generous regarding the right to healthcare to irregular migrants. Nevertheless, until now, several practical barriers prevented full access to healthcare services provided by…Read more