Three leading medical international organizations have declared against euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide

“However, permitting physicians to engage in euthanasia would ultimately cause more harm than good.” The IAHPC, a leading international organization in the area of palliative care, has recently declared in an article published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine,...

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...

The Charlie Gard case. An ultimate dispassionate ethical reflexion

It is dangerous to exclude ethical judgment from medical decisions in which death is knocking at the door of life In medical cases in which death comes knocking at the door of life, circumstances arise that are not easy to judge and even less easy to resolve. Such cases can be...

Organ donation from euthanized patients. The practice is controversial and currently only allowed in Belgium an Netherlands

In 2015, 2023 patients were euthanized only in Belgium.  Organ donation from euthanized patients These patients could, in theory, be organ donors; however, 926 (45.8%) were excluded because they were over 75 years old. A total of 684 organs were eventually useful for donation in...

Organ donation for transplantation in children with cardiac arrest and dying person dignity

Premortem interventions before donation in circulatory arrest in children could have objective ethical problems  (See our special reports about criterion of death and organs transplantation HERE) Up until a few years ago, performing medical interventions in end-of-life situations...

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...

Charlie Gard, the sick baby hospital doctors want to disconnect. Medical and ethical assessement

He and his parents await the Judge’s decision regarding the possibility of withdrawing the life support who keep him alive and the possibility of receiving an experimental treatment in the United States. Dr. Hirano, the Rome doctor and Miss Yates were all hoping to convince...

Video. Julian Savulescu argues in favour of an experimental treatment for Charlie Gard

We present these videos and selected ideas, wich give a short clear bioethics review of Charlie Gards’s case. Our Observatory fully agrees with his conclusions.  Julian Savulescu (Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, Oxford), argues that Charlie Gard, who suffers from an...

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...

The most permissive assisted suicide country is Switzerland

Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland, and moreover, is accessible without having to provide any reason. There are no rules that require the participation of a doctor, and most suicides are assisted by associations that support the right to a dignified death. Even though, in...
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