Netherlands approves plans to euthanize children under 12


By CAPosts 15 October, 2020 - 06:05am 85 views

The government of the Netherlands has approved plans that would allow terminally ill children between the ages of one and 12 to be euthanized. © Getty Images Euthanasia is currently legal in the Netherlands for children over 12 years of age. On Tuesday, Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said that this reform would prevent children from suffering "unbearable and hopeless suffering." Currently, euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands for children over 12 years of age with the mandatory consent of the patient and their parents. Noa Pothoven, the 17-year-old girl who requested euthanasia in the Netherlands for suffering post-traumatic stress and depression, dies. It is also allowed in babies under one year of age with parental consent. © Getty Images The Dutch Minister of Health explained the need to change the rule on the practice of euthanasia in children. But there is no legislation for terminally ill patients between one and 12 years old. This situation has provoked controversy and months of debate within the government coalition made up of four political parties. It has also been criticized by conservative Christian parties. What will reform consist of? Now, after the approval of the Government, de Jonge will create a draft with new regulations for this practice. The minister said that a study carried out by experts had pointed out the need for the rule change. © Getty Images Euthanasia raises voices of opposition in various sectors of society, such as the Christian religion. "The study shows the need of doctors and parents for an active termination of the life of children with incurable diseases , with unbearable and hopeless suffering and death in the foreseeable future," de Jonge explained in a letter to Parliament. What are passive and active euthanasia and how do they differ from assisted suicide The minister added that the study estimates that the change in the norm will affect between 5 and 10 children per year. The reform would mean that doctors do not face legal charges for practicing previously approved euthanasia of a child in this age range. They acquit in the Netherlands a doctor who euthanized a patient with Alzheimer's As with those over 12 years of age, parental consent will be required to perform euthanasia and at least two doctors must agree to perform the procedure. © Instragram The case of a 17-year-old girl who requested euthanasia shocked the Netherlands last year. The change is expected to be implemented in the coming months. Pioneers Euthanasia and assisted suicide has been legal in the Netherlands since 2002. Belgium, its territorial neighbor, also allowed it months later. They are the first two countries in the world to legalize this practice , albeit under very strict conditions. In 2014, Belgium became the first country to allow voluntary euthanasia of children if they suffer from a serious illness, are in pain and have the consent of their parents. Soon after, the Netherlands introduced the same measure for children over 12 years of age. Remember that you can receive notifications from BBC News Mundo. Download the latest version of our app and activate them so you don't miss out on our best content. Do you already know our YouTube channel? Subscribe!