Should the Dutch Law on Euthanasia Be Expanded to Include Children?

A. A.E.Eduard Verhagen*, Martin Buijsen

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The 2002 Dutch Euthanasia law applies to patients aged 12 years and older. Developments in end-of-life care and decision-making in the last decade have sparked the debate about usefulness and necessity to extend euthanasia to include children under 12 years of age. This paper describes two opposite positions: the affirmative position of a pediatrician and expert in pediatric palliative care and the negative position of a jurist and specialist in health law.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-13
Number of pages9
JournalCambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

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