LA Times Pushes Euthanasia For Children

Friday, February 21, 2014
By Paul Martin

We treat criminal behavior in children differently because of their undeveloped thought process. How can a child facing death have the capacity to make that type of decision??

Jeff Dunetz

Twice in the past week the L.A. Times published op-eds contending the newly passed law in Belgium allowing euthanasia for children should be enacted in the United States.

In a Thursday op-ed, “Belgium’s humane stance on dying kids,” columnist Meghan Daum contended that people who object to such a program are paranoid, and it should be acceptable because it will be rarely implemented.

While the legislation is being called historic in that it’s the first of its kind to cover children of any age who can prove a “capacity for discernment,” it’s not exactly unprecedented. For more than a decade, the Netherlands has allowed terminally ill children older than 12 to request euthanasia in special circumstances.

Contrary to paranoid visions, children in Belgium won’t be able to ask for life-ending medication by merely hitting a nurse’s call button. They must be suffering from pain that doctors have deemed truly unmanageable. They must get approval from their parents and their medical team, and they must be evaluated by psychologists. They must make the request several times and demonstrate that they understand what they’re asking for. And, of course, they must be close to death anyway.

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