September 16, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
A Belgian man serving a life sentence was granted the right to be euthanized on Monday. Frank Van Den Bleeken, who has spent the last 30 years in prison on convictions of rape and murder, has continuously requested that he be allowed to end his life. Bleeken argued that he could never be set free ...[read more]
February 14, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The lower house of Belgian Parliament gave final approval on Thursday to a bill that would extend the country's euthanasia law to certain cases of terminally ill minors. The legislation, approved by a vote of 86 to 44 with 12 abstentions, would extend a 2002 law that allows euthanasia for ...[read more]
December 13, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The Belgian Senate voted Thursday to allow euthanasia for terminally ill minors. The legislation would extend a 2002 law that allows euthanasia for terminally ill adults to minors with "constant and unbearable physical suffering" and equipped "with a capacity of discernment." The law requires that ...[read more]
November 28, 2013
by Taylor Gillan
The Belgian Senate committee on Wednesday voted in favor of passing a controversial bill that aims to extend the right to request euthanasia to children with terminal illnesses and adults with dementia. Although still not yet a law, the bill cleared the committee in a 13-4 vote, according to ...[read more]
July 31, 2013
by Endia Vereen
The UK Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a law against euthanasia. Tony Nicholson, now deceased, was the victim of a paralyzing stroke. Paul Lamb was severely paralyzed after a car accident. Both men challenged the UK's definition of murder, seeking medical assistance in committing suicide. In ...[read more]
February 20, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On February 20, 2008, the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies narrowly passed the first reading of a bill legalizing euthanasia. The second reading of the bill passed in March 2009, making Luxembourg the fourth nation in Europe to legalize euthanasia after Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland. ...[read more]
December 20, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
A report released Tuesday by the French government has recommended that the country permit doctors to "accelerate death" for terminally ill patients seeking doctor-assisted euthanasia. The report will be sent to the National Order of Physicians, France's national council on medical ethics, which ...[read more]
May 29, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The Louisiana State Senate on Monday unanimously passed a bill strengthening Louisiana's ban on euthanasia and assisted suicide. Both practices were already prohibited under other laws in Louisiana. The new bill amends the state's medical consent law, stating: "A. Nothing in this Part shall be ...[read more]
March 12, 2012
by Jamie Reese
A UK High Court justice decided Monday to let a right to die case proceed, the first to be allowed in British court. Justice William Charles ruled that a case brought by Tony Nicklinson, age 57, could proceed to hearing. Nicklinson is the victim of a paralyzing stroke and challenges the UK's ...[read more]
February 6, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On February 6, 2009, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano refused to sign a governmental decree intended to stop the removal of Eluana Englaro's feeding tube. Englaro had been in a coma since an automobile accident in 1992, and her father, Beppino Englaro, had been fighting to have her feeding ...[read more]

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