Dutch to regulate mercy killings of ill infants

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30 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands is expanding its controversial euthanasia policy with guidelines on when doctors may end the lives of ill infants with the parents' consent.

30 September 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands is expanding its controversial euthanasia policy with guidelines on when doctors may end the lives of ill infants with the parents' consent.

A draft of the new regulations will be presented to the Dutch parliament for debate in October. However the expansion of the policy will not require a change of the law, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health told news agency AP on Thursday.

The move follows controversial cases in which doctors ended the lives of terminally-ill children.

The change could also set a precedent for how doctors handle other cases in which patients are unable to give informed consent due to learning disability or dementia.

The Netherlands became the first nation to legalise euthanasia for adults under some conditions in 2001.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news


 

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