The Félix Varela Institute held a new edition of its cycle of academic meetings “Change of Time” with a moral, bioethical, legal and sociological view of Assisted Human Reproduction, last Saturday, April 23 , in a morning that featured a Conference, Panel and a rich exchange between the participants, in the Main Hall of the Cultural Center of the same name.

The Conference was led by the Priest and Physician José María Pardo, Professor at the University of Navarra in Spain, who addressed the underlying moral problems behind many of the practices of Assisted Human Reproduction, highlighting the denial of the conjugal act and the instrumentalization of being human, for which he offered alternatives such as “in vivo” reproduction. Fr. José María carried out an updated statistical and phenomenological review of the consequences of several of the reproductive practices discussed.

El P. Dr. José María Pardo

Father  José María Pardo, PHD

The Panel was made up of Dr. Rolando Rogés ​​Machado, who addressed the bioethical problem, MsC Yasmany Ibaldo Pérez Marañón, who addressed the legal problem, and Dr. Teresa Díaz Canals, who did so from a sociological point of view.

Dr. Rogés ​​Machado spoke about the embryo as a member of the human species and in development, showing scientific arguments that support the dignity of said embryo from the moment of the union of the ovule and the sperm. The MSC. Pérez Marañón showed the legal problems posed by many of the Assisted Reproduction practices, as well as their solutions or the lack of them in Cuba and in the world, Dr. Díaz Canals finally showed the consequences of several of these techniques for tissue social, emphasizing the consequences for women who are often the most instrumentalized.

From Left to Right Dr. Rolando Rogés Machado, M.Sc. Yasmany Ibaldo Pérez Marañón and Dra. Teresa Díaz Canals.

From Left to Right Dr. Rolando Rogés Machado, M.Sc. Yasmany Ibaldo Pérez Marañón and Dra. Teresa Díaz Canals.

The cultural moment was animated by the Vox Cordis Choir directed by Ramón Leyva, which offered a Cuban and international repertoire. After a snack, the academic morning ended with an open debate with interventions from the participants, questions, and answers from the panelists and speaker.
On April 23, three academic events coincided at Varela. Attendance at “Change of Time” was lower than on other occasions. This cycle of Conferences is part of the training offered by the Institute of Ecclesiastical Studies which had begun before the Pandemic.

Coro Vox Cordis

Vox Cordis

El 23 de abril pasado coincidieron en el Varela tres eventos académicos. La asistencia a “Cambio de Época” fue menor que en otras ocasiones. Este ciclo de Conferencias es parte de la formación que ofrece el Instituto de Estudios Eclesiásticos la cual había comenzado antes de la Pandemia.