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...

Organ donation for transplantation in children with cardiac arrest and dying person dignity

Premortem interventions before donation in circulatory arrest in children could have objective ethical problems  (See our special reports about criterion of death and organs transplantation HERE) Up until a few years ago, performing medical interventions in end-of-life situations...

CHARLIE GARD: 37 European deputies stand against the European Court of Human Rights decision

In an open letter, 37 Eurodeputies support Charlie Gard and his parents and demand the respect of the right to live (see original letter signed at Strasbourg and titled, Charlie Gard must be given right to life, human dignity) After the decision of the British Courts and of the...

Charlie Gard, the sick baby hospital doctors want to disconnect. Medical and ethical assessement

He and his parents await the Judge’s decision regarding the possibility of withdrawing the life support who keep him alive and the possibility of receiving an experimental treatment in the United States. Dr. Hirano, the Rome doctor and Miss Yates were all hoping to convince...

Video. Julian Savulescu argues in favour of an experimental treatment for Charlie Gard

We present these videos and selected ideas, wich give a short clear bioethics review of Charlie Gards’s case. Our Observatory fully agrees with his conclusions.  Julian Savulescu (Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, Oxford), argues that Charlie Gard, who suffers from an...

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...

Cristiano Ronaldo was born thanks to a conscientious objector

Without the doctor’s reticence and attempts to discourage his mother from aborting. Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores Aveiro, published her autobiography in a book entitled, “Mother Courage” with her son’s permission. Role of conscientious objector...

Medical errors is now the third cause of death in the United States

“Researchers: Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States” (Washington Post, jun. 3 2016) A problem that fully affects biomedical ethics is medical errors, which can even lead to death of the patient involved. A recently published article in...

Hospital care. An ethical reflection on the Ashya King case

Updated 7/3/2017 See Charlie Gard case (HERE) we think both cases have in common the infringement patient autonomy by NHS hospitals Media coverage of the case of Ashya King, a 5-year-old English boy with hospital care wich was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour, has done...