American Governement protects conscientious objection in the field of abortion, sterilization and assisted suicide

Don’t miss below video “1,300 complaints alleging discrimination in a health care setting on account of religious beliefs or conscience issues” (NHS official data) “Just today we finalized new protections of conscience rights for physicians, pharmacists, nurses,...

Assisted suicide last figures. 13,000 patients died in 2017

Several countries and some North American states have recently legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide, including Canada and the State of California in the US. In 2017, more than 13,000 patients died worldwide by assisted suicide in countries in which these practices are legal....

Existential suffering and assisted suicide. Increasing individuals with worthy lives opt to end their lives. Why?

“Health care professionals and volunteers from a “right-to-die organization” can be the cause of the increasing the assisted suicide requests from existential suffering people” Our Observatory recently published a large study (see HERE) warning the slippery and very...

Legalization of assisted suicide effects. “A source of good-quality organs and corpses”, ethical comment

When the transplant team and anatomy laboratories in search of corpses come knocking… A relevant ethical issue in transplant procedures is the autonomy of the donor and respect for the peace and privacy they need as they approach the end of their life. However, in countries where...

Three leading medical international organizations against euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide

“However, permitting physicians to engage in euthanasia would ultimately cause more harm than good.” The IAHPC, a leading international organization in the area of palliative care, has recently declared in an article published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine,...

The most permissive assisted suicide country is Switzerland

Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland, and moreover, is accessible without having to provide any reason. There are no rules that require the participation of a doctor, and most suicides are assisted by associations that support the right to a dignified death. Even though, in...

Assisted suicide in patients with “treatment-resistant depression”

Some authors have proposed accepting assisted suicide in patients with treatment-resistant depression (Journal Medicine Ethics 41; 577-83,2015). However, their arguments are called into question by FG Miller (J Med Ethics 41; 885-886, 2015), who questions the professional...

Euthanasia and assisted suicide. Attitudes and practice in countries where they have been legalised

 The ethical and legal aspects of euthanasia and assisted suicide continue to be the subject of active controversy. Some countries have recently legalised these practices, while others are in the process of doing so. It therefore seems of interest to review this topic, which has...

Assisted suicide law in different countries

Assisted suicide, which essentially consists of a physician providing the means for a patient to end their own life, is legal in four American states, Canada and four European countries. In the United States, assisted suicide law is exclusively limited to patients with terminal...

Assisted suicide in children defended by UNICEF before the Canadian Senate

The Canadian government has legalised euthanasia and assisted suicide. The new legislation approved by Trudeau’s government does not, in principle, provide for assisted dying for children, although it does not exclude it completely by accepting that cases of mentally ill...