Global agenda to legalize euthanasia. Australia and the approved law

Euthanasia agenda global (see HERE) reaches Australia. After the parliament approved a bill in this regard in November last year (2017). It is expected to be implemented in 2019, but in the state of Victoria is already in force. The bill provides that in order for a patient to...

Belgium considers euthanizing psychiatric patients without meeting legal requirements

Since the approval of euthanasia in Belgium in 2002, more than 10,000 people have been euthanized there. The reasons for its practice are theoretical determined by law and require some specific conditions, such as imminent death, constant and unbearable pain, and the patient’s...

Euthanasia doctor’s dilemma confronting the new scenario where the Euthanasia Law has been approved

A recent interview published by New England Journal Medicine gives an overview of the doctors’ dilemmas confronting the new scenario in the Americans states where the Euthanasia Law has been approved (read HERE). The interview with Dr Bernard Lo, on aid-in-dying laws and...

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...

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,...

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...

Euthanasia and assisted suicide. Attitudes and practice in countries where they have been legalised

 The ethical and legal aspects of euthanasia and assisted suicide continue to be the subject of active controversy. Some countries have recently legalised these practices, while others are in the process of doing so. It therefore seems of interest to review this topic, which has...