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Minors and Euthanasia

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This chapter addresses some justifications that are frequently raised to exclude minors from making serious and difficult decisions pertaining to their medical care, and, in particular, for requesting euthanasia. The argument from incompetence is considered in detail in the chapter, since it is the most powerful argument utilized to exclude minors, and conversely, to include minors when the argument of incompetence is countered. In current legislation regarding euthanasia in both Belgium and the Netherlands, the request of the (adult) patient is a necessary requirement. The chapter recognises that the seriously ill child or young person particularly needs assistance and support, as both illness and young age tend to relate to an increased dependency and vulnerability. In this respect, it advocates for an approach that reconciles self-determination and protection. In each case, an assessment of the individual's decision-making capacities and the validity of his or her request should be made.

Keywords: Belgium; euthanasia; medical care; minors; Netherlands; self-determination



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