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New Zealand's euthanasia bill passes, referendum to be held

Nov 13, 2019 - 5:36 PM

The law, enabling terminally ill people to request a medically assisted death, passes 69-51 at its final reading, ending years of passionate debate in parliament

NEW ZEALAND'S PARLIAMENT. The building of the New Zealand Parliament is seen in Wellington city centre on June 03, 2011. Photo by Voishmel/AFP

Parents of Frenchman in right-to-die case say death 'now unavoidable'

Jul 09, 2019 - 8:36 AM

Vincent Lambert was involved in a near-fatal car crash in 2008 that left him a quadriplegic with severe brain damage which doctors say is irreversible

RIGHT TO DIE. Francois Lambert (R), the nephew of a tetraplegic man who is currently on artificial life support in a hospital in Reims, addresses the media on February 14, 2014 at the Council of State in Paris in support of a 'passive' form of euthanasia and the withdrawal of artificial life support for his uncle. Photo by Francois Guillot / AFP

Euthanasia now legal in Australian state

Jun 19, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Australia's second most populous region made voluntary euthanasia legal under closely specified circumstances, a first for the country

Pope Francis speaks out for terminally-ill British toddler

Apr 18, 2018 - 9:08 PM

'I want to reiterate and strongly confirm that the only master of life, from the beginning to its natural end, is God, and our duty is to do everything to protect life,' says the Pope

LIFE. Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference held on board the flight to Rome, at the end of a five-day visit to Colombia, on September 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Andrew Medichini

Taiwan bans euthanasia of stray animals

Feb 05, 2017 - 10:35 PM

An animal welfare group estimates more than 1 2 million animals not adopted from shelters have been put down since 1999

First mercy killing of minor in Belgium – report

Sep 18, 2016 - 8:05 AM

Belgium has been the only country in the world that allows terminally ill children of any age to choose to end their suffering – as long as they are conscious and capable of making rational decisions

French court orders doctors to rule in right-to-die case

Jun 16, 2016 - 6:01 PM

Vincent Lambert is now the center of a labyrinthine judicial battle that has gone all the way to the European rights court and ignited a heated debate over euthanasia in France

VINCENT LAMBERT. A photograph made available on June 24, 2014 showing tetraplegic Vincent Lambert (R) and his mother, (not named) at the hospital, in Reims, France on July 25, 2013. File photo by PHOTOPQR/L'UNION DE REIMS/EPA

Historic pope-patriarch declaration: key points

Feb 13, 2016 - 12:38 PM

Here are key points from their joint declaration

JOINT DECLARATION. Pope Francis (2-L), Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kiril (2-R) sign a common declaration at Jose Marti airport in Havana, Cuba, 12 February 2016. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

European rights court mulls whether to let French quadriplegic die

Jan 07, 2015 - 2:24 PM

The case of Vincent lambert has torn his family apart and ignited a fierce euthanasia debate in France

A photograph made available on 24 June 2014 showing tetraplegic Vincent Lambert (R) and his mother at a hospital in Reims, France on 25 July 2013. L'Union de Reims/PHOTOPQR/EPA

Belgian serial rapist will not be euthanized – minister

Jan 06, 2015 - 9:20 PM

Van Den Bleeken had for years requested that the state help him end his life due to what his lawyer calls unbearable psychological suffering

EUTHANASIA. file photo taken on November 25, 2013 shows imprisoned Belgian serial rapist and murderer Frank Van Den Bleeken attending a hearing to determine if he will be allowed to be euthanised at the Court of Brussels. AFP PHOTO/BELGA/Virginie Lefour/Belgium Out

French MPs propose law to ease end-of-life suffering

Dec 12, 2014 - 8:39 PM

The bill will also make living wills drafted by people who do not want to be kept alive artificially when they are too ill to decide legally binding on doctors rather than merely consultative as they are now

French mercy killing doctor acquitted after emotional trial

Jun 25, 2014 - 9:57 PM

UPDATED The hugely divisive practice is illegal in France but President Francois Hollande promised during his 2012 campaign to look into legalizing it

Top French court authorizes ending life of quadriplegic

Jun 24, 2014 - 8:42 PM

France s top administrative court gives the green light to cutting life support for a 38 year old in a vegetative state going against his parents wish to keep him alive

RIGHT TO DIE. Francois Lambert (R), the nephew of a tetraplegic man who is currently on artificial life support in a hospital in Reims, addresses the media on February 14, 2014 at the Council of State in Paris in support of a 'passive' form of euthanasia and the withdrawal of artificial life support for his uncle. Photo by Francois Guillot / AFP

Mercy killing doctor's trial revives euthanasia debate in France

Jun 12, 2014 - 1:13 AM

The trial of Bonnemaison who has been struck off the medical register stirrs up considerable emotion including among the victims families

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Belgium gives ill children of any age right-to-die

Feb 14, 2014 - 10:14 AM

Belgium now lifts euthanasia restrictions for children

RIGHT TO DIE. Professor Stefaan Van Gool of UZ Leuven university shows a map during a press conference of various pediatricians on the expansion of the euthanasia law for minors, in Brussels, on February 11, 2014. Dirk Waem/Belga/AFP

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Feb 13, 2014 - 10:49 PM

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Belgium set to give children the right to die

Feb 12, 2014 - 11:33 PM

Those in support of the law says children are capable of making the decision to die

Belgium close to agreeing euthanasia for children

Nov 27, 2013 - 10:59 PM

A proposed legislation allows the euthanasia of terminally ill minors so long as they are judged capable of deciding for themselves and are in pain that is unbearable and cannot be alleviated

EUTHANASIA FOR CHILDREN: Belgium's Senate members vote during a session of the Senate's justice and social affairs commission on the expansion of the euthanasia law for minors. Photo by Kristof Van Accom/AFP

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