When Hospital’s decision-making affects the end of life patients basic rights. Alfie Evans case bioethics approach

New conflictive NHS hospital’s decisions The new conflict between NHS hospital decision supported by English Supreme Court and parents claims has arisen a new strong public opinion reaction and an international debate. Alfie was born on May 9, 2016, but suffered seizures...

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...

President of the Republic was welcomed by the Catholic Church of France. The good and the bad

What are the great issues that have separated the Church from the French State? In an unprecedented event on April 9, the President of the Republic was welcomed by the Catholic Church of France. Archbishops, members of the clergy and associations, and representatives from the...

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...

A modern brain-ebalming procedure. Digital inmortality is offered by uploding people’s minds on to the cloud to preserve them forever

San Francisco-based Nectome has proposed a technique to embalm the brains of dying humans so that they can be revived at a later date (Mail On Line 4 – 3 – 2018) The brain-embalming company is promoting euthanasia to people hoping for “digital immortality...

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...

The Charlie Gard case. An ultimate dispassionate ethical reflexion

It is dangerous to exclude ethical judgment from medical decisions in which death is knocking at the door of life In medical cases in which death comes knocking at the door of life, circumstances arise that are not easy to judge and even less easy to resolve. Such cases can be...