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...

Terminally ill patients. Is it ethical to withdraw food and water?

Advance directives have raised these long-standing issues again, such as withholding or withdrawing nutrition and hydration in terminally ill patients. This matter has been the object of lawsuits, debates and analysis, such as the one published by the Hastings Center last June...

Physicians’ bioethics positions in USA and Europe

They change for the worst. A recent survey about physicians’ bioethics position held by doctors in partocualr cases (Medscape Ethics Report 2014, Part 1: Life, Death, and Pain. December 16, 2014.) features the opinions of American and European physicians on the ethical...
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Opinion of American and Dutch doctors on sedation in terminally-ill patients.

Sedation can be defined as the pharmacological induction of a state of impaired consciousness in which the patient is not fully unconscious, and can be aroused verbally or by applying a mild painful stimulus. In both the United States and the Netherlands, sedation is described in...

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.
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