Jailed shooter is euthanised in Spain

Jailed shooter is euthanised in Spain

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish prison authorities on Tuesday euthanised a man who had shot and wounded four people in December and was subsequently wounded in a shootout with the police, rendering him paralyzed and begging to be allowed to die while awaiting trial. Courts allowed the man's assisted death after rejecting several appeals by his victims who argued he had to face justice. The case even reached the Constitutional Court, which refused to deliberate on it, saying there has been no violation of fundamental rights. Disgruntled former security guard Eugen Sabau, 46, had shot three of his colleagues, including a…
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Dutch government backs euthanasia for under-12s

Dutch government backs euthanasia for under-12s

The Dutch government has agreed on plans to make euthanasia legal for terminally-ill children under the age of 12, local media reported. Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said he would now draft regulations for the practice, which is expected to be implemented in the next few months. Child euthanasia is currently only legal in the Netherlands for minors above the age of 12, and newborns with their parents' consent. Between the ages of 12 and 16, children still require the consent of their parents. From 16 onwards, only the patient's consent is required. There is no legal provision covering children between one and…
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Dutch court approves euthanasia in advanced dementia cases

Dutch court approves euthanasia in advanced dementia cases

The Netherlands’ highest court ruled Tuesday that doctors can carry out euthanasia in patients with advanced dementia if the patient has earlier made a written directive. The Supreme Court ruling solidifies in law a practice that already was being carried out on rare occasions in the Netherlands. Dutch euthanasia advocacy group NVVE welcomed the ruling, saying in a statement that the decision should help doctors “to feel strengthened and supported if they want to carry out euthanasia on a patient with dementia.” The case before the Supreme Court revolved around a district court’s acquittal last year of a doctor who…
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Paralympic gold medallist Marieke Vervoort ends life through euthanasia

Paralympic gold medallist Marieke Vervoort ends life through euthanasia

Belgian Paralympian Marieke Vervoort has ended her own life through euthanasia. The 40-year-old - who had an incurable degenerative muscle disease - won gold and silver at the London 2012 Paralympics, and two further medals at Rio 2016. Vervoort's disease caused constant pain, seizures, paralysis in her legs and left her barely able to sleep. Euthanasia is legal in Belgium and in 2008 the athlete signed papers which would at some stage allow a doctor to end her life. During the build-up to Rio, Vervoort said she was considering euthanasia and that the 2016 Olympics was her "last wish". She…
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Euthanasia and assisted suicide trade dignity for false compassion – Pope Francis to Medical Doctors

Euthanasia and assisted suicide trade dignity for false compassion – Pope Francis to Medical Doctors

Pope Francis told a group of Italian doctors Friday they must resist the temptation to participate in assisted suicide or euthanasia, which trades the dignity of the patient for a “false compassion.” “It is important that the doctor does not lose sight of the singularity of each patient, with his dignity and fragility. A man or a woman to accompany with conscience, with intelligence and heart, especially in the most serious situations,” the pope said Sept. 20. Euthanasia or assisted suicide are “hasty paths,” and not an expression of a person’s freedom, as they might seem, he continued, adding that…
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Netherlands : Trial seeks to determine legal framework on euthanasia in dementia patients

Netherlands : Trial seeks to determine legal framework on euthanasia in dementia patients

A landmark euthanasia trial in the Netherlands is trying to find an answer on what to do with dementia patients who may have previously stated their wish to die under certain circumstances but then might have changed their minds. Euronews reports that the trial, which started on Monday, focuses on the case of a 74-year-old woman who was euthanised three years ago despite some indications she might have changed her mind. The doctor in the case is accused of not trying hard enough to find out whether the patient still wanted to die or not — which would be considered a…
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Frenchman at centre of end-of-life debate dies

Frenchman at centre of end-of-life debate dies

A French quadriplegic man, who became a symbol of the right-to-die debate in France, has died nine days after doctors removed his feeding tubes. Vincent Lambert, 42, had been in a persistent vegetative state since a motorcycle accident 11 years ago. Doctors began taking him off life support last week after a final ruling by France's highest appeals court. Euthanasia is illegal in France, but doctors can put terminally ill patients into deep sedation. Lambert's case divided both the country and his own family, sparking demonstrations on the streets of Paris. Via France 24  
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The Netherlands opens investigation into three euthanasia cases

The Netherlands opens investigation into three euthanasia cases

Three euthanasia cases involving women with psychiatric conditions and dementia are under investigation in the Netherlands. Dutch prosecutors confirmed that the deaths, in 2017 and 2018, were being investigated for potentially breaching strict conditions in the 2002 law that allows people in the Netherlands to ask a doctor to help them die. The latest report by the Dutch Regional Euthanasia Committees shows prosecutors are investigating a doctor for failing to treat the case of a woman with “due diligence” last year. According to the report, a woman in her 70s with depression had been operated on for abdominal problems when…
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The Australian state of Victoria has enacted euthanasia laws

The Australian state of Victoria has enacted euthanasia laws

The Australian state of Victoria has enacted euthanasia laws to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with lethal medication. The first death could take place in as soon as three weeks. Voluntary euthanasia became legal in Australia's second-most populous state, Victoria on Wednesday, more than 20 years after the country repealed the first mercy-killing law for the terminally ill. The process of an assisted suicide would take at least 10 days, so the first terminally ill patient could die from swallowing a lethal cocktail of chemicals on June 29. Assisted suicide is illegal in most countries. Victoria is…
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“I breathe but no longer live” – Teenager who was raped by two men last post, before dying of legal euthanasia due to ‘unbearable suffering’ (UPDATED)

“I breathe but no longer live” – Teenager who was raped by two men last post, before dying of legal euthanasia due to ‘unbearable suffering’ (UPDATED)

UPDATE - A severely ill Dutch girl widely reported by international media as having been “legally euthanised” in a clinic in the Netherlands died at home, apparently after voluntarily refusing to eat or drink and with no evidence that her death was assisted. The Guardian reports that “Media organisations from Australia to Britain reported it as a case of “legal euthanasia” performed by a Dutch “end-of-life clinic”, and Noa’s name was trending on social media on Tuesday in countries including Italy, where the story was front-page news. In fact, it is unclear how she died. No official cause of death has so…
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Euthanasia debate flares up in Spain as election campaign kicks off

Euthanasia debate flares up in Spain as election campaign kicks off

  Hours after the election campaign officially kicked off in Spain, it is being shadowed by the arrest of a 69-year-old Spaniard on homicide charges after he helped his terminally ill wife end her life. The divisive debate on euthanasia raised its profile as a campaign issue three weeks before a national election, with women's rights and national identity also high on politicians' agendas. Angel Hernandez turned himself in to authorities after giving Maria Jose Carrasco, 61, a fatal dose of barbiturates. He is now free awaiting trial and faces two to 10 years in jail if convicted. Carrasco had…
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