French doctors criticise new bioethics law

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 10 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1534
  1. Alexander Dorozynski, medical journalist
  1. Paris.

    The French medical association the Conseil de l'Ordre des Medecins has issued a statement criticising bioethics legislation adopted last July for not recognising the legal status of the embryo. The association claims that under the new law an embryo could be regarded as an object that could be disposed of and subjected to manipulations.

    Dr Olivier Dubois, secretary general of the association, said that the decision to issue a statement reflected a concern that the legislation had not given a satisfactory answer to a problem that preoccupied many physicians who may be involved in abortion, embryo …

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