A brief review of access to palliative care in the world. Evaluation and ethical aspects

Our Observatory is following the palliative care issue as an urgent global ethical matter to be resolved, both in developed countries and in the rest of the world (read HERE). We said in a recent article “the consideration of the dignity of the suffering human person,...

The Netherlands wants to open a children’s euthanasia center

The Netherlands wants to open a euthanasia center for children under the age of 12 years. Professor of pediatrics Eduard Verhagen has proposed the creation of a special center to be able to apply euthanasia to children, and hopes that its opening will take place imminently;...

“No life is unworthy because of the mental disorder it endures”. Bioethical assessment of the Noa Pothoven case.

Is it a case or a trend? Are patients diagnosed with incurable mental disorder being left starving in some countries? Noa Pothoven, a Dutch 17-year-old, was left to die of starvation on 2 June. The teenager had suffered post-traumatic stress, anorexia and depression for several...

Reflections on Vincent Lambert paradigmatic case. Death of starvation promulgated by law, an objectively euthanasic act

An assisted death paradigmatic case in a country where euthanasia is not legal Our Observatory at the Catholic University of Valencia considers that the death of Vincent Lambert following the withdrawal of hydration and nutrition is an objectively euthanasic act since, although...

Vicent Lambert case. His parents denounce the removal of basic nourishment is ‘murder’

A new ruling of the French Court of cassation ruled that the hospital in Reims, northeastern France, could, now, stop feeding and hydration that have kept Lambert alive since a motorcycle accident in 2008. A clear case of violation of coma patients’ rights. He has almost no...

US doctors confirm and clarify their opposition to assisted suicide. ‘A prescription for death’

With a large majority (392-162), the most important medical institution in the United States reiterates that assisted suicide is not a medical act. It is “fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer” AMA says. AMA’s Council on Ethical...

American Governement protects conscientious objection in the field of abortion, sterilization and assisted suicide

Don’t miss below video “1,300 complaints alleging discrimination in a health care setting on account of religious beliefs or conscience issues” (NHS official data) “Just today we finalized new protections of conscience rights for physicians, pharmacists, nurses,...

Assisted suicide last figures. 13,000 patients died in 2017

Several countries and some North American states have recently legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide, including Canada and the State of California in the US. In 2017, more than 13,000 patients died worldwide by assisted suicide in countries in which these practices are legal....

Euthanasia debate. Absence of shared basic positions respect to the concept of the dignity of human life

Ignacio Sánchez Cámara, Professor of Philosophy of Law at the University Rey Juan Carlos, discussed “the value and dignity of the end-stage of life” in a recent article. In it he states: “The attitude that we adopt regarding the lawfulness of euthanasia depends on the position...