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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....