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.