Euthanasia


A novel idea for decreasing euthanasia rates

Michael Cook | 18 July 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia
A group of five academics from Switzerland and the UK have come up with a novel idea to keep the incidence of euthanasia from rising rapidly.

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.

Euthanasia back on the boil in France

Michael Cook | 27 June 2014 | Comments
tags: artificial nutrition and hydration, euthanasia, France
Euthanasia is once more on the front page of French newspapers with two high-profile case in the courts.

US polls send mixed signals on assisted suicide

Michael Cook | 21 June 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, polls, USA
“Most Americans Are Totally Fine With Euthanasia” was the headline this week in Time magazine over a report on a recent Gallup poll.

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.

Quebec legalises euthanasia

Michael Cook | 06 June 2014 | Comments
tags: Canada, euthanasia, Quebec
Quebec has become the first Canadian province to legalise euthanasia. Bill 52 easily passed in the National Assembly by a vote of 94 to 22.

Quebec on verge of legalising euthanasia

Michael Cook | 31 May 2014 | Comments
tags: Canada, euthanasia, Quebec
The governing Liberal Party and the other three major parties have taken the unusual step of backing a quick vote on the bill in the new parliamentary term.

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.

Study tour of Auschwitz outrages Jewish organisation

Michael Cook | 23 May 2014 | Comments
tags: euthanasia, Nazi doctors, Wim Distelmans
News that the chairman of the Belgian government’s euthanasia control commission has organised a study tour of Auschwitz has outraged a leading Jewish organisation.

Embargo on lethal drug stops executions and assisted suicides in US

Michael Cook | 23 May 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, capital punishment, euthanasia, Nembutal
A shortage of a lethal drug is stopping both executions and assisted suicide in the United States.

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.

Canadian media features plea for “completed life” euthanasia

Michael Cook | 10 May 2014 | Comments
tags: Canada, completed life, euthanasia, rational suicide
At 80, a former gay activist in Canada wants to choose "rational suicide"

Some Dutch pharmacists refusing to supply euthanasia drugs

Michael Cook | 27 April 2014 | Comments
tags: conscientious objection, euthanasia, Netherlands
Although euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands, some Dutch pharmacists are refusing to supply the lethal drugs needed to carry it out.

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

British woman ‘weary of modern life’ euthanased in Switzerland

Xavier Symons | 12 April 2014 | Comments
tags: Dignitas, end of life, euthanasia, existential suffering
A retired British art teacher has had herself euthanased in Switzerland, citing weariness of the modern world as her reason for suicide.

Kevorkian’s paintings up for sale

Michael Cook | 11 April 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, Jack Kevorkian
The paintings may give some insight into the mind of Kevorkian, a doctor who claimed that he had helped 130 people to die over 20 years.

Euthanasia off the boil in Quebec

Michael Cook | 11 April 2014 | Comments
tags: Canada, euthanasia, Quebec
After the April 7 election, there may be less appetite for the controversial policy.

Belgian intensive care doctors back involuntary euthanasia

Michael Cook | 11 April 2014 | Comments
tags: belgium, euthanasia
“Shortening the dying process by administering sedatives beyond what is needed for patient comfort can be not only acceptable but in many cases desirable”.
 
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