Belgium


Distelmans under fire over Auschwitz trip

Michael Cook | 18 July 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Wim Distelmans
Belgium’s foremost practitioner of euthanasia who is also the head of the government euthanasia regulator has become collateral damage in the debate across the Channel.

Scottish rights groups back right to die for children

Michael Cook | 20 June 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Belgium, euthanasia, Scotland
Taking their cue from Belgium, Scottish groups have tentatively backed voluntary euthanasia for children with terminal illnesses.

Belgian deacon arrested over 40 deaths in hospital

Michael Cook | 07 June 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, Catholic Church, euthanasia, Wim Distelmans
News that a Catholic deacon may have euthanased 40 patients has reset the benchmark for weirdness.

Five Belgians euthanased every day in 2013

Michael Cook | 30 May 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
The number of cases of euthanasia in Belgium in 2013 rose by 26.8% over the previous year. Five people died of euthanasia every day.

Leading figure in Belgian euthanasia to tour Auschwitz

Michael Cook | 16 May 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Nazi doctors, Wim Distelmans
The head of Belgium’s euthanasia oversight commission, Dr Wim Distelmans, will lead a study tour of Auschwitz in October.

Are cracks appearing in Belgians’ attitude on euthanasia?

Michael Cook | 10 May 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Wim Distelmans
A second official complaint has been filed against the chairman of the Belgium committee which regulates euthanasia for euthanasing a woman suffering from depression.

US bioethicists take Belgian child euthanasia to task

Michael Cook | 27 April 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, child euthanasia, euthanasia
Three American bioethicists have criticised Belgium’s new law permitting children with a terminal illness to choose euthanasia

Nutrition and hydration often withdrawn without consent in Belgium

Xavier Symons | 22 March 2014 | Comments
tags: artificial nutrition and hydration, assisted suicide, Belgium, euthanasia
A recent study in the Journal of Medical Ethics has found that in Belgium decisions to withdraw artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH) rarely involve patient consent.

Official complaint lodged against leading Belgian euthanasia doctor

Michael Cook | 23 February 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Wim Distelmans
After 11 years of participation in euthanasia, an official complaint has finally been lodged with the Belgian Medical Association against the leading practitioner in Belgium, Dr Wim Distelmans.

Belgian lower house passes child euthanasia bill

Michael Cook | 16 February 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
Supporters claim that the measure is safe and that kids can give informed consent

Child euthanasia law expected this week in Belgium

Michael Cook | 08 February 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, child euthanasia, euthanasia
But the bill has been condemned by members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

More questions about Belgian euthanasia

Michael Cook | 31 January 2014 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, informed consent, terminal sedation
A puzzling study from Belgium suggests that in nearly 80% of terminal sedations in Flanders, there was no explicit consent.

The ten leading stories of 2013 in BioEdge

Michael Cook | 21 December 2013 | Comments
tags: Belgium, BioEdge
The star performer in bioethics in 2014 was clearly Belgium. At least readers of BioEdge thought so. Of the ten hottest stories we published this year, three were about euthanasia there. Here’s the complete list of our ten most popular stories.

Belgian doctor gets major grant for services to euthanasia

Michael Cook | 21 December 2013 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Wim Distelmans
Wim Distelmans get a major award from his university

Belgian Senate approves child euthanasia

Michael Cook | 15 December 2013 | Comments
tags: Belgium, child euthanasia, euthanasia
The outcome was expected, but overseas observers were astonished at the margin of victory. By a vote of 50 to 17, the Belgian Senate has approved euthanasia for children.

Belgium take first step towards euthanasia for children

Michael Cook | 30 November 2013 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
A bill to legalise euthanasia in Belgium for children and for patients with dementia passed its first legislative hurdle this week.

Belgium’s “Pope of euthanasia”

Michael Cook | 23 November 2013 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Wim Distelmans
One of the leading figures in the euthanasia debate is Belgian oncologist Wim Distelmans. Because of the language barrier, he is an unfamiliar figure in the English-speaking world. But Canada’s National Post recently profiled him. Here are a few excerpts.

New group launched in Europe to oppose euthanasia

Michael Cook | 16 November 2013 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Europe will campaign against extending the practice.

Belgian debate over child euthanasia heats up

Michael Cook | 09 November 2013 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
A heated debate on proposals to legalise euthanasia for minors in Belgium intensified this week.

Belgium’s new death row

Michael Cook | 19 October 2013 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, prisoners
Ten prisoners in Belgian jails have asked for euthanasia
 
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