Nutrition and hydration often withdrawn without consent in Belgium

Xavier Symons | 22 March 2014 |
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 | 22 February 2014 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Wim Distelmans
Wim Distelmans get a major award from his university

Belgian Senate approves child euthanasia

Michael Cook | 14 December 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, prisoners
Ten prisoners in Belgian jails have asked for euthanasia

Belgian euthanased after botched sex-change operation

Michael Cook | 05 October 2013 |
tags: assisted dying, assisted suicide, Belgium, euthanasia
A Belgian has undergone euthanasia because of "unbearable psychological suffering" after a botched sex-change operation.

Euthanased patients a new source of organ donations in Belgium

Xavier Symons | 07 September 2013 |
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, organ donation
With a shortage of organ donors in Europe, Belgian doctors have a novel solution: patients with unbearable suffering donate their organs after voluntary euthanasia.

Whose autonomy is respected in Belgium?

Michael Cook | 31 August 2013 |
tags: autonomy, Belgium, disabilities
Opponents of euthanasia in Belgium are highlighting the state of disability services there

Another double euthanasia in Belgium

Michael Cook | 29 June 2013 |
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
Another case of a loving couple choosing euthanasia so that they would not be separated has emerged in Belgium.

First-world problems 2: I’m really not into the whole “turbo-euthanasia” thing

MIchael Cook | 27 June 2013 |
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
Dr Sarah Van Laer, who has euthanased 28 patients since legalisation in 2002, complains bitterly to the Belgian newspaper De Standaard about the burdens of her work.

First-world problems 1: Belgian euthanasia doctors underpaid

MIchael Cook | 27 June 2013 |
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, remuneration
How much should Belgian euthanasia doctors be paid?

Belgian Nobel laureate dies through euthanasia

Michael Cook | 11 May 2013 |
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
Euthanasia claimed its most famous victim last Saturday. At the age of 95, Belgian Nobel laureate Christian de Duve was killed with a lethal injection. He died in his home, surrounded by his four children.
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