French bishops’ statement on euthanasia. They condemn euthanasia and deplore the lack of palliative care

They condemn euthanasia and also deplore the difficulty in accessing palliative care in France, as well as the lack of training offered to healthcare workers in this area. Past March, 118 bishops in France signed a statement entitled, “End of life: Yes to the urgency of...

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...

Why is not palliative care included in WHO Universal Health Coverage (UHC) goals?

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a priority of the “Sustainable Development” objectives programmed until 2030 by WHO (see HERE). Aspects to cover include vaccinations, pre- and neonatal care, antiretroviral treatments and treatments for some serious diseases. They do not,...

Palliative care in Latin America. Patients who require this treatment do not have access to it

Palliative is a patient right  Since its introduction in the 1980s, palliative care has been evolving gradually in Latin America. There are currently 922 services in 19 countries. This corresponds to 1.63 services per million inhabitants, so most patients in the region who...

United States commits to improve both physicians training and palliative care quality

A system to prepare physicians to address this type of medical need that showed a significant improvement in the quality of life expected in patients with serious illnesses. In 1998 in the United States, only 15% of hospitals with 50 beds or more had an official palliative care...

Palliative care in Great Britain. A report shows lights and shadows

Palliative care is well established in the United Kingdom, where its practice began in 1967 by Cicely Saunders in St. Christopher’s Hospital.  However, despite its intrinsic goodness, a report on April this year highlighted several limitations in its use, namely that: it...

A Canadian report shows that, not only, Euthanasia cases are on the rise but requests for MAiD are not treated as having particular moral considerations

In the Canadian province of Quebec, which has a population of around 8.5 million inhabitants, euthanasia has been legal since December 2015, but each year the number of deaths backed by this law has continued to rise. A report that takes stock of the three years of legalization...

Euthanasia for children “with life-limiting conditions” is approved in Colombia

Colombia is the third country that approved the law with a permissive and confusing terminology that worsen the already rejected measure by most of the countries and medical associations. As said by LatinAmericanPost: According to the resolution published by the Department of...

“For an Europe faithful to human dignity”. A cultural platform, of which our Observatory is a member, is launched in Paris

The Cultural Platform was launched – february 23 – in Paris at the Palais de Luxembourg meeting together national organizations that defend life all around Europe. More than 300 institutions and intellectuals, from all over the European continent assisted and our...

How does euthanasia affect nurses? Video

A large study published by the British Medical Journal with the title Involvement of nurses in euthanasia: a review of the literature affirmed “In ethical debates about euthanasia, the focus is often exclusively on the involvement of physicians and the involvement of nurses...