Belgian Proposal Calls for Teens’ Right to Medically Assisted Suicide

Belgian Proposal Calls for Teens’ Right to Medically Assisted Suicide

Proposals from Belgian government officials would give teenagers the right to assisted suicide and parents of terminally ill children the right to have their children euthanized. The plans by members of Belgium’s coalition government call for the extension of rules allowing physicians to perform euthanasia on terminally ill people suffering “constant and unbearable physical or psychological pain.”

Since 2002, the law allows patients — other than newborn babies — to be over 18 years of age to qualify for assisted suicide. Bart Tommelein, leader of Belgium Liberals, wants to change the law by extending euthanasia to children and elderly persons who are unable to choose for themselves.

Belgium’s legal standards allow euthanasia on infants. Of those Belgian babies who die before their first birthday, more than half are killed by deliberate medical intervention. In 16 per cent of the cases, parental consent was not considered.
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Euthanasia Means No Repeat Customers

 Euthanasia Means No Repeat Customers

Terminally-ill patients in the Netherlands increasingly receive drugs to render them unconscious until death, according to a study that suggests people are substituting deep sedation for legal euthanasia.

The researchers found that 1,800 people — 7.1 percent of all deaths in the Netherlands in 2005 — were drugged into so-called continuous deep sedation shortly before dying. This compares with 5.6 percent of cases in 2001.

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