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In Belgium, it is legal for a child to request euthanasia? But can children understand consent?


In 2014, Belgium became the first country in the world to approve euthanasia for children (to include young children with disabilities) of all ages, and now Canada is putting forth legislation to do the same. The law states that doctors must certify "the child fully understands the implications of the decision." Yet, in Belgium, 32% of deaths have NOT been requested by anyone, other than the doctor. Should a child be allowed to make this request? Can they truly understand what they are requesting or consenting to?

 

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Best Answer Grace Marguerite Williams (gmwilliams) says

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15 months ago
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    savvydating 15 months ago

    Great answer, Grace. I couldn't agree with you more. What is more disturbing is that these laws are targeting very, very young children. Thanks for your input.


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Tamara Wilhite (tamarawilhite) says

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    savvydating 15 months ago

    My son said something similar, but regarding voting and drinking and why there are legal age limits for these activities. This whole thing is sickening. Just how far can a so-called civilized society decline? Quite far, apparently. Thanks, Tamara.