Euthanasia for Terminally Ill Children, Is It Morally Right?


The Dutch Government announced its plan to back a change that would allow terminally ill children under the age of 12 access to euthanasia. It would mean around 5 – 10 children and their parents each year in Holland would be given the option for voluntary euthanasia as opposed to prolonged suffering. LiveTribers, how do you feel about this? Is under 12 too young? Should terminally ill children be given this option?

Posted by on 16 Oct 2020

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    chocogirl21

    Euthanasia is never right, that is my opinion. I do not think children should be given this option.

    Posted by chocogirl21 on 21 Oct 2020

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    Joyce51

    While I realise that 12 is awfully young to make such an horrendous decision, waking up daily in pain, knowing that it is never going to get any better would be even worse. Greatest sympathy to anyone in this position, obviously the parents would also have to be included in such a decision, but I think the person suffering, regardless of age, should be the main decision maker. Hurry up Australia, and get on board with this sensible attitude to the terminally ill.

    Posted by Joyce51 on 21 Oct 2020

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    robert

    I believe they have that right , if it eases pain for the patient or the family . Each day they wake up , they know the circumstances that they have to face , The pain for the child and the stress , expense of prolonging the inevitable . This is a family tragedy , concern , decision and should be kept in the family without any government intrusion . Is it morally right to keep children confined to a bed , hospital , life support and no future ? As gut wrenching that decision would be , and would not wish it upon anybody , but as long as there is moral , mental , grief support and these options should be sought before any decision is made .

    Posted by robert on 20 Oct 2020

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    Marion

    I dont believe children under the age of 12 are mentally capable of making this decision, therefore it would be the parents decision, and since the parents are influencing the children I dont agree with this. However I am not a nurse, I do not work with the terminally ill..maybe if I did my view would be somewhat different, a one person has previously commented.

    Posted by Marion on 20 Oct 2020

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    Ulysses

    Absolutely, Kids are people. I was choofed of to boarding school at 12 .... I was in charge of my life. I imagine a kid with a terminal illness knows their mind.

    Posted by Ulysses on 19 Oct 2020

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    Diane

    This is an extremely sensitive and heart wrenching decision for any family to make. I work in the Health Sector and I see constant pain and suffering from the young and the elderly. I feel any person who is terminally ill, whether it be a child or an adult should have a choice for the option of Euthanasia, aa opposed to prolonged suffering.

    Posted by Diane on 17 Oct 2020

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