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Belgium Belgium : a further extension of euthanasia

Published on : Thematic : End of life / Studies Temps de lecture : 1 min.

Based on texts which have already been submitted during the previous legislature, three further proposals (put forward by Mme Karin Jiroflée et al, sp.A), seeking to modify the law of May 28, 2002 on euthanasia, have just recently been laid before the Chamber of Belgian Deputies, without any specific deadline for their adoption having for the moment been defined. The first proposal (Doc 54 1013/001) aims to authorize the act of euthanasia for patients who are unable to express their wishes ...

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Belgium Belgian Euthanasia Increases by 89% in four years.

Author / Source : European Institute for Bioethics Published on : Thematic : End of life / Studies Temps de lecture : 3 min.

The Act of 28 May 2002 concerning euthanasia stipulates that the Federal Committee on Oversight and Enforcement, shall biennially report to the legislature. Here is the sixth report, covering the years 2012-2013. The report comprises firstly a statistical element, which we note here that the number of reported euthanasia has almost doubled in four years (an increase of 89%), from 953 reported in 2010 to 1,807 in 2013 euthanasia. The Commission considers that this increase is due to the ...

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What’s wrong with assisted dying

Author / Source : Iona Heath Published on : Thematic : End of life / Studies Temps de lecture : 4 min.

What’s wrong with assisted dying

Campaigns in support of assisted dying seem to be predicated on an excessively rosy view of society and the individuals within it, says Iona Heath, writing in a personal capacity. Support for assisted dying is based on respect for individual autonomy, yet the influence that one person can have on another makes legislation to permit assisted dying intrinsically risky. The author is the president of the Royal College of General Practitioners, UK.

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Should grand-parents die?

Author / Source : Margaret Somerville Published on : Thematic : End of life / Studies Temps de lecture : 0 min.

Should grand-parents die?

"'Should the Grandparents Die?':  Allocation of Medical Resources with an Aging Population" 14:3-4 Law, Medicine & Health Care 158-163.  Reprinted in Martin Lyon Levine ed., The Elderly: Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare Policy, (October 2007), The International Library of Medicine, Ethics and Law, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 1986

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The ethical complexity of the Terry Schiavo case

Author / Source : Margaret Somerville Published on : Thematic : End of life / Studies Temps de lecture : 6 min.

The ethical complexity of the Terry Schiavo case

Terry Schiavo is dead. The decision about withdrawing her feeding tube turned into a political circus and ideological battleground in which, for many participants, she was the pawn and victim through whom they could score points. Her most important legacy, however, is to show the complexity of decisions about whether a feeding tube on which life depends may be withdrawn. To respond ethically to individuals and to formulate ethical public policy to govern such cases, we must identify and...

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Legalizing euthanasia. Why now?

Author / Source : Margaret Somerville Published on : Thematic : End of life / Studies Temps de lecture : 0 min.

Professor in the Faculty of Medicine Founding Director of the Faculty of Law's Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University Until very recently, all countries prohibited euthanasia....   Somerville, Margaret, Death Talk: The Case against Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide, McGill Queen's University Press; Montreal, 2001, pp 433.  Chapter 6 reprinted in Wesley Cragg, Christine M. Koggel, Contemporary Moral Issues, 5th Ed., 2005.

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Belgium Euthanasia Policy and practice in Belgium

Author / Source : Raphael Cohen-Almagor Published on : Thematic : End of life / Studies Temps de lecture : 1 min.

Euthanasia Policy and practice in Belgium

ABSTRACT: The essay opens with some background information about the context of euthanasia in Belgium. It proceeds by discussing the Belgian law on euthanasia and concerns about the law, its interpretations and implementation. Finally, the major developments and controversies since the law came into effect are discussed. Suggestions as to how to improve the Belgian law and circumscribe the practice of euthanasia are made, urging Belgian legislators and the medical establishment to refl ect...

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Birth, Death & Technoscience

Author / Source : Margaret Somerville Published on : Thematic : End of life / Studies Temps de lecture : 21 min.

We humans have always formed our most important values and sought meaning in life by weaving a metaphorical fabric around the two marker events of every human life, birth and death.  Our perceptions of birth, and the values traditionally attached to it, are being challenged and changed, however, by the new technoscience.  The “new genetics” debate is the context in which that is occurring.  There is also a companion debate about euthanasia focusing on the values that should govern death.  Whi...

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“Thou shalt not die in pain”: Treatment decisions at the end of life

Author / Source : Margaret Somerville Published on : Thematic : End of life / Studies Temps de lecture : 1 min.

At a certain point, terminally ill patients — or their representatives — will decide not to continue treatment that has a goal of prolonging life, and to change to palliative treatment that has a primary goal of treating pain and suffering.  Note: this is a decision to change the nature of the treatment received and not a decision to cease treatment or an informed refusal of treatment.  In the past, it was not uncommon for physicians to say to dying patients, “There is nothing more we can do f...

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Euthanasia by Confusion

Author / Source : Margaret Somerville Published on : Thematic : End of life / Studies Temps de lecture : 0 min.

Professor in the Faculty of Medicine Founding Director of the Faculty of Law's Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University Which terms are used? Is the euthanasia debate best by confusion?   "Euthanasia by Confusion" (1997) 20:3  University of New South Wales Law Journal  550-575; abbreviated version also published in Policy Options, 1997, 18(10):21-24; in The Advocate, 1998, 56 (6): 875-884; in Review Catholic Health Association of Canada, 1998; 26(1):3-10

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