From Reuters via CTV News:
A terminally ill minor has been helped to die in Belgium for the first time since the country did away with age restrictions on euthanasia two years ago, according to the senator who wrote the law.
Liberal Senator Jean-Jacques De Gucht confirmed the death of the sick juvenile to The Associated Press Saturday.
He said the minor was from Belgium’s Flemish region, but declined to provide any further details about the patient to protect the privacy of the grieving family.
The Belgian law has very strict rules for the euthanasia to be approved. More.
Reality check: Don’t forget how beneficial “strict patient privacy laws” will be to the spread of the practice.
Belgium had “strict laws” for adults too, at one time but the 800% spike in a decade, an increasing proportion of whom are not terminally ill:
Euthanasia remains largely understudied. For instance, there is no specific illness data in the study accounting for the said rise in cases. This means there’s no indication of even the amount of suffering, or the reasons a patient had to take their life.
Soon, when we raise funds for children’s health charities, it will be understood that we are raising money for this as “just one part of it.” It will go the same way as abortion and we are all “the fetus” now.
See also: Child euthanasia centre soon to open in Netherlands They are waiting to see what happens in Belgium