Doctors in the Netherlands have called for terminally ill young children to be given the right to die.
The Netherlands is one of few countries in the world where euthanasia is permitted for terminally ill patients.
But the Dutch Paediatric Association said that existing laws do not go far enough and called for an age limit to be scrapped.
Under current laws, only those aged 12 and over can ask to die. “We feel that an arbitrary age limit such as 12 should be changed,” said Eduard Verhagen, professor of paediatrics at Groningen University, and a member of the association’s ethics committee.
“Each child’s ability to ask to die should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.”
Not only is this a good idea I think we should extend it. Make it a European programme. Why save the good things only for the Dutch children? I’d suggest that we base the whole thing at Hadamar. And we’ll call it the “Gerhard Kretschmar Programme For The Eradication Of Suffering.”