Belgian intensive care doctors back involuntary euthanasia

Michael Cook | 11 April 2014 |
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”.

British woman ‘weary of modern life’ euthanased in Switzerland

Xavier Symons | 12 April 2014 |
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 |
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 |
tags: Canada, euthanasia, Quebec
After the April 7 election, there may be less appetite for the controversial policy.

Nutrition and hydration often withdrawn without consent in Belgium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.

Assisted suicide is too dangerous in times of economic crisis, says disabled UK peer

Michael Cook | 13 March 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, Britain, euthanasia, UK
Moves to legalise assisted suicide in Britain are a threat to the disabled during a time of economic hardship, says Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, a disabled peer.

Suicide can be rational, says editor of Bioethics

Xavier Symons | 12 March 2014 |
tags: euthanasia, rational suicide, suicide
For some people with depression suicide is a rational response to their suffering

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.

UK doctors continue to oppose assisted suicide

Michael Cook | 22 February 2014 |
tags: assisted suicide, doctors and assisted suicide, euthanasia, UK
After an extensive consultation of its members the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in the UK will continue to oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia.

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.

British judge criticizes euthanasia law reform

Xavier Symons | 21 December 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, UK
One of the most respected authorities on end-of-life law in Britain has warned politicians not to legalise assisted suicide.

French Panel recommends legalization of euthanasia

Xavier Symons | 21 December 2013 |
tags: euthanasia, France
A panel of French citizens set up by the National Consultative Ethics Committee has recommended that the government legalize euthanasia for terminally ill patients.

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.

Nitschke sets up Adelaide clinic for assisted suicide

Michael Cook | 07 December 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, Australia, euthanasia, Philip Nitschke
A euthanasia clinic has been set up by Australia's leading euthanasia activist, Dr Philip Nitschke, in Adelaide. Police are keeping a close watch on activities there, but Dr Nitschke, who is used to working at the very edge of the law, is said to be doing nothing clearly illegal.

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.

Down Under palliative care specialists reject euthanasia

Xavier Symons | 16 November 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, palliative care
Palliative care is undermined by euthanasia and assisted suicide, according to many palliative care organisations. In Australia, where end-of-life issues are hotly debated, the peak palliative care body has joined the chorus of opposition.
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