Belgium: accelerating down the slippery slope

Michael Cook | 13 April 2014
Involuntary euthanasia of patients in intensive care has become acceptable medical treatment in Belgium.

Hard cases make bad euthanasia laws

Paul Russell | 03 April 2014
Heart-wrenching stories of people with terminal illness are compelling. But they still don't make a good case.

A recession is no time for assisted suicide, says disabled British peer

Michael Cook | 13 March 2014
Moves to legalise assisted suicide in Britain are a threat to the disabled.

Why euthanasia slippery slopes can’t be prevented

Margaret Somerville | 05 March 2014
When we allow death to be inflicted, we lose our repugnance at the thought of killing other human beings.

Euthanasia of newborns under the microscope

Felipe E. Vizcarrondo | 04 March 2014
The ends of medicine are health, cure and care, not taking innocent lives.

Fact-checking claims of “well regulated euthanasia”

Margaret Somerville | 24 February 2014
Good ethics must be based on good facts, not hoping for the best.

Belgium extends euthanasia to children

Paul Russell | 15 February 2014
Sick children can now ask for lethal injections.

It can get ugly

Paul Russell | 24 January 2014
So you don't think euthanasia is dangerous for the disabled? This might change your mind.

Death of Welsh academic shows why suicide is the ultimate taboo

Paul Russell | 15 January 2014
Why do advocates of euthanasia always insist that it is not really suicide?

La Force de iFop: France’s bizarre path to euthanasia

Paul Russell | 19 December 2013
A panel of 18 randomly selected citizens takes the heat off President Hollande.

Euthanasia for children is wrong

Charles Foster | 08 November 2013
A British barrister gives four cogent reasons why Belgium should not legalise it for kids.

The inexorable bracket creep of euthanasia in Belgium

Michael Cook | 16 October 2013
Tasmania's Parliament needs to examine what happened after euthanasia was legalised in Belgium.

Tasmania’s push for euthanasia comes under fire

Paul Russell | 08 October 2013
A thoroughly researched report by two academics shoots down the claims of the state's Premier.

New first for Belgium: prisoner euthanasia

Michael Cook | 16 September 2012
No doubt about it: Belgium is the place to be for creative applications of legalised euthanasia. Last year Belgian transplant surgeons revealed that they had harvested organs from four people who were voluntarily euthanased. Now it appears that one prisoner, a rapist-murderer, has already died after voluntary euthanasia and another has requested it.

Euthanasia denied to two paralyzed British men

Michael Cook | 18 August 2012
Two severely paralyzed British men have lost a High Court case to allow doctors to end their lives without fear of prosecution.

Doubts emerge about Dutch guidelines for terminal sedation

Michael Cook | 23 July 2012
Should deep, continuous sedation at the end of life really be treated as normal medical practice in the Netherlands, ask three Dutch authors in the Journal of Medical Ethics. Although they do not appear to oppose euthanasia, they argue that “morally problematic aspects inherent to palliative sedation do not get the attention they deserve” under current guidelines. Since palliative sedation accounted for more than 12% of deaths in the Netherlands in 2010, this is an important issue.

Victory for euthanasia foes in the UK

Robert Colquhoun | 29 June 2012
The British Medical Association has voted not to change its stand on assisted suicide from opposition to neutrality.

Let’s give intellectually disabled the right to euthanasia, say Belgian humanists

Michael Cook | 27 April 2012
People with intellectual disabilities, all children and people with dementia should be able to request euthanasia, the Belgian Liberal Humanist Association (HVV) has declared.

Questions asked about euthanasia for brain-damaged Dutch prince

Michael Cook | 03 March 2012
Dutch Prince Johan Friso, brain-damaged after being buried by an avalanche in Austria last month, has been transferred to Wellington Hospital, in London. Doctors believe that the 43-year-old is unlikely to recover consciousness, although will be weeks before they have a clear idea of his prospects.

Santorum sparks controversy over Dutch euthanasia

Michael Cook | 02 March 2012
So when US presidential hopeful Rick Santorum described the state of euthanasia in the Netherlands on February 3 in a forum in Missouri, he failed to kick a goal. In fact, the Washington Post fact checker, who is the son of Dutch migrants and whose uncle was euthanased, disparaged his “bogus statistics” and awarded him four Pinicchios. He was ridiculed in the New York Times and on Radio Netherlands.

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