Euthanasia and Suicide

Euthanasia of minors in Belgium: annulment appeal rejected

On October 29, 2015, the Belgian Constitutional Council rejected the annulment appeal of the law of February 28, 2014 which authorizes the euthanasia of minors. The appeal was filed at the issue of the vote by the associations Jurivie, Pro Vita and ‘Youth for Live’ as...

Belgium: a case of euthanasia before the Court

A case of euthanasia was submitted to the Court for the first time in 13 years by the Federal control and evaluation commission on the application of the law concerning euthanasia: this case concerns an octogenarian who is not at the end of life. This affair has been...

Mercier Affair: helping his wife commit suicide is a crime

  Jean Mercier, 87 years old, was condemned on October 27, 2015 by the correctional court in Saint-Etienne to a one-year suspended prison sentence for “non-assistance to a person in danger of death “, after having helped his sick and depressed wife commit suicide...

Bonnemaison Affair: Between relief and dismay

Tugdual Derville speaks on the conviction following appeal for Dr. Bonnemaison, by the Assize Court in Angers, to two years of suspended prison sentence for a single poisoning. What is your opinion of this sentence? One must situate this sentence in the context of an...

Bonnemaison’s trial: “partially reassuring sentence”

At the announcement of the verdict concerning Dr Bonnemaison decided by an appellate judgment at the Angers Court of Assizes for seven presumed cases of euthanasia from 2010-2011 at the Bayonne hospital, Alliance VITA joins the following press release, published by...

Euthanasia in Belgium: the Control Commission ineffective

The federal Commission established to control and evaluate application of the law on euthanasia (for which the mandate expired on October 18, 2015) was not renewed, due to the lack of candidates with all the required conditions. The composition of this commission is...