Legalising euthanasia for children: Dying with 'dignity' or killing the vulnerable?

Chisholm Health Ethics Bulletin 20 (1):5 (2014)
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Ong, Caroline In February 2014, the Belgian parliament passed an amendment to the Belgian Act on Euthanasia of May 28th, 2002 removing the age limit of those requesting euthanasia provided that they have discerning capabilities and their parents approve. After mentioning briefly the arguments against legalising euthanasia, this article questions the ethical validity of removing the age limit, as well as the presumption that ending lives prematurely allows people to die with dignity. Caring for people who are vulnerable in their suffering is the proper goal of the healing professions, not terminating lives.

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Caroline Ong
Loyola University, Chicago

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