Belgium and Euthanasia for Children

The recent extension of Belgium’s euthanasia laws to include children has been widely reported and sent some ripples of concern through the community.  Underlying this is, however, a note of caution.

In a recent piece in The Conversation the authors call for caution in considering the new laws and their implications.  They point out that the law only applies to a narrow cohort and caution against claims that there are no age limits.  Read their comments here.  A helpful post be @christianmunthe provides access to an unofficial English translation of the law and an overview is provided in Bioedge here.  It is clearly a complex issue and subject of much debate which raises significant issues regarding capacity to consent, potential for influence over children and of course autonomy.

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