Review of countries where Euthanasia has been legalised. Increasing involuntary euthanasia, without consent by patients

Euthanasia a slippery slope that ends in involuntary euthanasia Euthanasia was legalised in Belgium in 2002, where is defined as “the intentional termination of a patient’s life by a physician at the patient’s request”, so that only voluntary euthanasia...

UK government has appointed ‘guardian’, to represent Charlie Gard in Court, an euthanasia activist

Charlie Gard’s parents angry that baby’s lawyer is head of charity that backs assisted dying  Charlie Gard’s parents have privately expressed their concern after discovering that the lawyer appointed to represent their 11-month-old son in court heads a charity...

A medical, legal and ethical approach of paediatric euthanasia in Belgium

“All patients, including children, should have access to palliative care units” We believe it interesting to refer to an article published in JAMA (311, 1963-1964) last May, which discussed various aspects of paediatric euthanasia en Belgium. On 13 February 2014, the...
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Euthanasia in Belgium. Since its approval in 2002 the number of “patients” is on the rise

The Belgian Commission for Euthanasia Control and Evaluation reported on 2016 that 2,025 citizens had died by euthanasia in 2016 — an average of 5.5 every day. This is a record number since its legalisation, although it exceeded the 2015 record by only 3 persons. Last year not...

Euthanasia applied to a minor in Belgium for the first time

Last September, news spread that euthanasia had been applied to a minor in Belgium for the first time.  In 2014, Belgium became the second country — after the Netherlands — to decriminalise this practice for minors (pediatric euthanasia), and the first to do so with no age limit...

Euthanasia and assisted suicide. Attitudes and practice in countries where they have been legalised

 The ethical and legal aspects of euthanasia and assisted suicide continue to be the subject of active controversy. Some countries have recently legalised these practices, while others are in the process of doing so. It therefore seems of interest to review this topic, which has...

Active euthanasia is also rejected by US physicians

In a recent survey carried out among the members of the American Medical Association, it was found that only 15% of those surveyed were in favour of active euthanasia (use of drugs to bring about death of the patient); in other words, 85% of American doctors are against it. When...

Child euthanasia: opinions among the Austrian population

In 2005, the Groningen Protocol was published, a guide for promoting child euthanasia in newborns. An article has now been published (BMC Medical Ethics 2014; 15:74) evaluating the opinion of the Austrian population on this issue. Of those surveyed, 63.6% were against euthanasia...

Euthanasia, killer serving a life sentence claims finally rejected

Euthanasia has been granted to a prisoner condemned to life imprisonment in Belgium but it has been cancellated because  “the decision of doctors treating Frank Van Den Bleeken to no longer continue the euthanasia procedure”,  said Koen Geens, the Belgian justice minister ....
Posted On 27 Feb 2015
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Euthanasia. Euroupe countries social acceptance is very low

A recent survey carried out in 47 European countries (Int J Public Health, DOI: 10. 1007/s00038-013-0461-6) found that euthanasia is legalized in only six countries: Belgium, Holland, Luxemburg, France, Denmark and Switzerland; its social  acceptance is very low in the remaining.