The Belgian amendment, which was passed after heated debate - notably over the meaning of a ‘capacity of discernment’ -- offers the possibility of euthanasia to children ‘in a hopeless medical situation of constant and unbearable suffering that cannot be eased and which will cause death in the short term’. File photo: EPA The Belgian amendment, which was passed after heated debate - notably over the meaning of a ‘capacity of discernment’ -- offers the possibility of euthanasia to children ‘in a hopeless medical situation of constant and unbearable suffering that cannot be eased and which will cause death in the short term’. File photo: EPA
The Belgian amendment, which was passed after heated debate - notably over the meaning of a ‘capacity of discernment’ -- offers the possibility of euthanasia to children ‘in a hopeless medical situation of constant and unbearable suffering that cannot be eased and which will cause death in the short term’. File photo: EPA

Should a terminally ill child be given the right to choose death over life?

A 17-year-old has committed doctor-assisted suicide in Belgium, the first minor to do so under rules adopted in 2014 allowing euthanasia for people of all ages

The Belgian amendment, which was passed after heated debate - notably over the meaning of a ‘capacity of discernment’ -- offers the possibility of euthanasia to children ‘in a hopeless medical situation of constant and unbearable suffering that cannot be eased and which will cause death in the short term’. File photo: EPA The Belgian amendment, which was passed after heated debate - notably over the meaning of a ‘capacity of discernment’ -- offers the possibility of euthanasia to children ‘in a hopeless medical situation of constant and unbearable suffering that cannot be eased and which will cause death in the short term’. File photo: EPA
The Belgian amendment, which was passed after heated debate - notably over the meaning of a ‘capacity of discernment’ -- offers the possibility of euthanasia to children ‘in a hopeless medical situation of constant and unbearable suffering that cannot be eased and which will cause death in the short term’. File photo: EPA
READ FULL ARTICLE