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Euthanasia:  The painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma. The practice is illegal in most countries, including the United States.   It is legal in Netherlands, Belgium, Colombia, Luxembourg, and Canada under certain conditions.

In April, 2020 The Supreme Court of the Netherlands approved an advance request for euthanasia. The Hague-based court ruled: “A physician may carry out a written request beforehand for euthanasia in people with advanced dementia.”

More on Euthanasia:

  • Being Patient: Alzheimer’s June 28, 2020

    58 year old Kelly Bone, with early onset Alzheimer’s, discusses her plans to go to a clinic for euthanasia. One of the requirements for all of the US medical aid in dying laws is mental capacity; Alzheimer’s patients cannot use medical aid in dying laws. She mentions her attorney’s comments about the difficulty of getting a Do ...

  • Canadian Medical Assistance in Dying: Dr Ellen Wiebe January 22, 2020

    A Friends at the End talk by Dr Ellen Wiebe, a Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) provider from Canada. Dr. Wiebe talks about the criteria for physician aid in dying in Canada and tells us about some of her patients, including some patients with dementia. At 18:00 she notes that Canadian law gives the patient ...

  • Dutch doctor acquitted in landmark euthanasia case September 11, 2019

    The issue of advance directives for dementia is a hot topic in the right to die field. In the US there is little legal guidance on this issue. Ethicists argue whether it is ethical to honor these documents once a person has lost legal capacity.  Some say the person that signed them – the “then-self” ...

  • Canadian with bone cancer chooses assisted dying January 22, 2019

    This video features Dr. Stefanie Green, co-founder and current President of the Canadian Association of MAID Assessors and Providers (CAMAP). Stefanie is medical advisor to the BC Ministry of Health medical aid in dying oversight committee and moderator of CAMAP’s national online forum. She is clinical faculty at UBC and UVic.

  • Die Like a Dog May 15, 2018

    By Joseph Pierre, Psychiatrist – in Aeon May 15, 2018 “Indeed, the American Veterinary Medical Association Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals (2013) acknowledges that ‘there is no consensus on when it is appropriate to let animal from ...

  • 24 and Ready to Die November 10, 2015

    An Economist film Emily is 24 years old, physically healthy and lives in Belgium, where euthanasia is legal, even for children.

  • A Personal Tribute to Jack Kevorkian June 11, 2011

    by Faye Girsh, President Hemlock Society of San Diego Love him or hate him, Jack Kevorkian was the face of the right-to-die movement for almost a decade. As he forced people to confront the struggle of suffering people seeking a peaceful death, he brought the issue to breakfast tables for discussion all over the world. ...

  • Active Euthanasia And The Colombian Constitutional Court July 1, 2001

    The Colombian Constitution provides a solid basis for decriminalizing merciful homicide, when a person who is undergoing intense suffering caused by an incurable illness, requests that it be put to an end, which implies causing death. I will briefly refer to the most important ones. 1. Article 1 of the Constitution establishes that the Republic of ...