Distelmans under fire over Auschwitz trip
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
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
News that a Catholic deacon may have euthanased 40 patients has reset the benchmark for weirdness.
Five Belgians euthanased every day in 2013
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
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?
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
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Nutrition and hydration often withdrawn without consent in Belgium
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
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
Supporters claim that the measure is safe and that kids can give informed consent
Child euthanasia law expected this week in Belgium
But the bill has been condemned by members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
More questions about Belgian euthanasia
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
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
Wim Distelmans get a major award from his university
Belgian Senate approves child 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
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”
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
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Europe will campaign against extending the practice.
Belgian debate over child euthanasia heats up
A heated debate on proposals to legalise euthanasia for minors in Belgium intensified this week.
Belgium’s new death row
Ten prisoners in Belgian jails have asked for euthanasia
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