Euthanasia and Suicide

Euthanasia in Belgium: Control Commission’s Report for 2016-2017

On July 17th, the Federal Control Commission for Euthanasia in Belgium submitted its biannual report to Parliament, again revealing a sharp increase in officially reported cases. According to the Federal Control Commission for Evaluating Euthanasia (“CFCEE”), in 2016...

Easing Medical Stipulations for Assisted Suicide in Switzerland

On June 6, 2018, the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (“ASSM”), updated and revised the 2004 guidelines for their “Position on the End-of-Life and Death”. One of the directives given by this organization, responsible for establishing ethical regulations for...

Portuguese Parliament Rejects Euthanasia Bill

On Tuesday May 29, 2018, Portugal’s parliament rejected a bill to make euthanasia and assisted suicide legal. MP’s voted to reject all 4 bills presented, including one from the Socialist Party who has the majority vote. Other bills were presented by the Greens, the...

Portuguese Survey: Majority Oppose Euthanasia

On May 18, 2018 a survey on palliative care and euthanasia was published on the Portuguese blog “Think and Debate” (Pensar & Debater) revealing that a large majority of the population prefers investing in palliative care, rather than legalizing euthanasia....

Dignitas Founder Accused of Profiteering from Assisted Suicide Deaths

The founder of the Swiss non-profit association for assisted suicide, Dignitas, 85-year old lawyer Ludwig Minelli, has been accused of profiteering in 3 cases of assisted suicide.  On May 18, Minelli stood accused in the Uster District Court (Zurich) of allegedly...

Finland : Parliament Rejects Bill on Euthanasia

On May 13th, the MPs in Finland rejected a draft bill to legalize euthanasia by a vote of 129 to 60. This bill had been submitted by a member of the National Assembly following a citizens’ initiative calling for euthanasia to be legalized. The Parliament preferred to...