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...

The European Court of Human Rights declared inadmissible an assisted suicide law in UK

In both cases the decision of the European Court of Human Rights cannot be appealed, so the cases can be considered settled In July 2015, the European Court of Human Rights declared that two Articles of a  promoting assisted suicide law in the United Kingdom were inadmissible....

Psychiatrists’ and general physicians’ attitudes towards euthanasia and assisted suicide

In a survey comparing attitudes of psychiatrists and general physicians concerning euthanasia and assisted suicide, it was found that when controlled for religious practice, the views of psychiatrists are more conservative than general physicians and other specialists. It was...
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Assisted Suicide

A common debate in the field of end-of-life medicine is that dealing with the ethics of assisted suicide. This debate was once again opened in one of the latest issues of the New England Journal of Medicine (368; 1450-1452, 2013), in its clinical decisions section. Here the...
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Assisted dying bill. The British Medical Association and most English doctors oppose it

If the Assisted Dying Bill was passed it would apply to terminally ill patients in England and Wales. The website of the British Medical Association (BMA) states that the Association “opposes all forms of assisted dying” (including assisted suicide), and that most doctors in the...
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