Netherlands preparing to make euthanasia legal for ‘terminally-ill’ kids under 12
by Deutsche Welle
The Dutch government has agreed on plans to make euthanasia legal for terminally-ill children under the age of 12, local media reported.
Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said he would now draft regulations for the practice, which is expected to be implemented in the next few months.
Child euthanasia is currently only legal in the Netherlands for minors above the age of 12, and newborns with their parents’ consent.
Between the ages of 12 and 16, children still require the consent of their parents. From 16 onwards, only the patient’s consent is required.