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Child Euthanasia
Euthanasia, which is the practice of intentionally ending life in order to relieve the patient of their pain and suffering, is a particularly controversial topic in which many parties bring in their individual biases and opinions on how end-of-life care should be carried out. This topic in particular has grown interest in recent years with the start of minors participating in this practice. Belgium amended a law in 2014 to legalize euthanasia for minors. They were the second nation to ever do so following the Netherlands. However, unlike the Netherlands, Belgian physicians are under scrutiny because euthanasia is allowed for patients under the age of 12. After lethal injections to Belgian minors - aged 9, 11, and 17 respectively - questions have risen regarding whether euthanasia should even be an option for minors. However, it is important to note that euthanasia requests need to meet a specific set of requirements to be granted. These include confirming that the minor is terminally ill and in a state of suffering, and that they (the minor) is mentally capable of requesting euthanasia. Moreso, the consent of a parent is also required.

The questions I'd like to pose are: whether you think children should have the option to request euthanasia, and if parents should have a say in their childrens' request (if not, then who should have the ultimate authority).


Here are some articles that I read prior to submitting this thread.
BBC
Washington Post
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