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Press Release 08/2018 Between self-determination and solidarity: Ethics Council debated opt-out system for organ donation

On 28 November 2018, an orientation debate took place in the German Bundestag on whether an opt-out system should be established in future instead of the current opt-in system to improve the desolate situation in organ donation. Decreasing donor numbers and long waiting lists give rise to calls for fundamentally different approaches. But what are the ethical challenges raised by the possible new regulations for patients, relatives, medical staff and future donors? On Wednesday, 12 December, the German Ethics Council discussed the advantages and disadvantages of opt-out organ donation at a public evening event that was attended also by several members of the Bundestag.

Press Release 07/2018 Application of germline editing currently not ethically justifiable

The birth of two genetically modified girls claimed on Monday, 26 November 2018, by the Chinese researcher Jiankui He by means of germline editing represents a serious violation of ethical obligations according to the view of the German Ethics Council.

Press Release 05/2018 When may people be protected from themselves?

Today, on Thursday, the German Ethics Council is publishing its Opinion "Help through coercion? Professional Caring Relations in Conflict Between Welfare and Autonomy".

Press Release 04/2018 On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the German Ethics Council makes human dignity the subject of its annual meeting

This year the German Ethics Council celebrates its tenth anniversary. To mark this occasion, the Council’s members are invited this evening to an official reception hosted by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Over the following two days, the Council will hold its annual meeting, dedicated this year to the topic of “Human Dignity in Our Hands – Challenges from New Technologies.” The opening addresses will be delivered by President of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Schäuble, and the renowned Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari.