Figures of Euthanasia deaths rise by 67% in Nederlands. 7000 deaths in 2017

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal has presented findings for the last five years, where the number of people who have died by euthanasia in the Netherlands has risen by 67%: from 4,188 in 2012 to more than 7,000 in 2017.  “Cases are set to exceed 7000...

Palliative care and sedation. When is it suitable to sedate a patient and when is it covert euthanasia?

A proportional sedation of intense sufferings patients totally invalidates pro-euthanasia arguments In Italy, the mystery surrounding the circumstances of the death of Marina Ripa de Meana, multifaceted writer and Italian cinema and television celebrity, who died on 4 January at...

Belgian healthcare professionals rebel against euthanasia for psychological suffering reasons

Calling for a national debate on euthanasia and mental illness The snowball of euthanasia in countries where it is legal is increasingly expanding the boundaries of the culture of death (see HERE). It began by being permitted for terminally ill patients, then for seriously ill...

African physicians as a whole reject euthanasia and physician-assisted-suicide

Strengthening palliative care for patients with terminally ill ailments across Africa as the main way to fight euthanasia trends The President of The World Medical Association (WMA) – African region, Ogirima has called for a strengthening of palliative care for patients...

Involuntary euthanasia in Holland. More than 400 citizens have been euthanized without request

Medical and Legal Dictionaries: Involuntary euthanasia Termination of life without request and without a competent person’s consent A study conducted every five years to determine the causes of death in the Dutch population has revealed that more than 400 of its citizens...

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,...

Review of countries where Euthanasia has been legalised. Increasing involuntary euthanasia, without consent by patients

Euthanasia a slippery slope that ends in involuntary euthanasia Euthanasia was legalised in Belgium in 2002, where is defined as “the intentional termination of a patient’s life by a physician at the patient’s request”, so that only voluntary euthanasia...

UK government has appointed ‘guardian’, to represent Charlie Gard in Court, an euthanasia activist

Charlie Gard’s parents angry that baby’s lawyer is head of charity that backs assisted dying  Charlie Gard’s parents have privately expressed their concern after discovering that the lawyer appointed to represent their 11-month-old son in court heads a charity...

A medical, legal and ethical approach of paediatric euthanasia in Belgium

“All patients, including children, should have access to palliative care units” We believe it interesting to refer to an article published in JAMA (311, 1963-1964) last May, which discussed various aspects of paediatric euthanasia en Belgium. On 13 February 2014, the...

Euthanasia in Belgium. Since its approval in 2002 the number of “patients” is on the rise

The Belgian Commission for Euthanasia Control and Evaluation reported on 2016 that 2,025 citizens had died by euthanasia in 2016 — an average of 5.5 every day. This is a record number since its legalisation, although it exceeded the 2015 record by only 3 persons. Last year not...