European countries that allow assisted dying

France could become the next European country to legalize assisted dying for the terminally ill under a proposal set out by President Emmanuel Macron.


Dutch to allow euthanasia for under-12s

The Dutch government on Friday gave euthanasia for children under 12 the green light, permitting mercy deaths for young minors suffering "unbearably and without hope".

Psychology & Psychiatry

Examining palliative care and physician assisted death

In a new article, Sándor Kőmüves looks at the phenomena of palliative care and physician assisted death and their interrelationships on several levels. The researcher begins with an analysis of the definition of palliative ...


Experts see Canada's euthanasia laws as threat to disabled

Alan Nichols had a history of depression and other medical issues, but none were life-threatening. When the 61-year-old Canadian was hospitalized in June 2019 over fears he might be suicidal, he asked his brother to "bust ...


Portugal's euthanasia law goes for constitutional review

Portugal's president on Thursday asked the country's Constitutional Court to evaluate a recent law passed by parliament that allows euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill and gravely injured people.

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Euthanasia (from the Greek εὐθανασία meaning "good death": εὖ, eu (well or good) + θάνατος, thanatos (death)) refers to the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering.

There are different euthanasia laws in each country. The House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics of England defines euthanasia as "a deliberate intervention undertaken with the express intention of ending a life, to relieve intractable suffering". In the Netherlands, euthanasia is understood as "termination of life by a doctor at the request of a patient".

Euthanasia is categorized in different ways, which include voluntary, non-voluntary, or involuntary. Voluntary euthanasia is legal in some countries and U.S. states. Non-voluntary euthanasia is illegal in all countries. However, in the Netherlands, physicians can avoid prosecution by following well described and strict conditions. Involuntary euthanasia is usually considered murder.

Euthanasia is the most active area of research in contemporary bioethics.

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