Euthanasia

What is it?

Etymologically it means “good death”, and it refers to the action that a doctor performs to induce the death of a patient who has freely requested it because he is enduring an intolerable suffering for which there is no relief, and that is caused by a disease or a medical condition for which there are no healing options.

Such action is a painless procedure that causes a fast unconsciousness followed by an irreversible cardiorespiratory arrest.

Articles and information

El derecho a decidir: eutanasia y suicido asistido (The Right to Decide: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide)

Asunción Álvarez del Río

Eutanasia y suicidio médicamente asistido. ¿Cuál es el problema? (Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide. What is the Problem?)

Asunción Álvarez del Río

Manifestaciones anticipadas de voluntad (Advance Directive Manifestations)

Ingrid Brena Sesma

Entrevista Radio Fórmula (Radio Fórmula Interview)

Amparo Espinosa Rugarcía

End-of-life choices in Mexico Public opinions and the catholic church influence

Asunción Álvarez del Río

DERECHO A UNA MUERTE DIGNA: LA NECESIDAD DE REGULACIÓN DE LA EUTANASIA Y EL SUICIDIO ASISTIDO EN MÉXICO (RIGHT TO A DIGNIFIED DEATH: THE NEED FOR REGULATION OF EUTHANASIA AND ASSISTED SUICIDE IN MEXICO)

Ivonne Martínez Fernández

INTERNATIONAL STATUS OF EUTHANASIA AND PAS

Country Euthanasia Assisted Suicide Remarks
Australia X X PAS was temporarily legal in the Northern Territory
Belgium Includes children
Canada

Euthanasia only in Quebec
Colombia X
Denmark X X Vital support treatment suspension is legal
Finland X
Germany

X

Generally, suicide is not punished
Holland

Israel X X Vital support treatment suspension is legal
Japan

X

Euthanasia is not punished
Luxembourg

Mexico

X

X

Vital support treatment suspension is legal
Uruguay

X

X

Assisted suicide is pardoned if done for compassion and was requested repeatedly
United States of America X Only in the States of California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Washington D.C.
Scotland X Generally, suicide is not punished
Switzerland

X

The patient doesn’t require a terminal illness, a volunteer can assist him/her
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