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Netherlands Euthanasia of newborns and the Groningen Protocol

Author / Source : B. Debois et J. Zeegers Published on : Files Temps de lecture : 21 min.

Until now, only three countries in the world have decriminalised euthanasia: the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. This practice is available only to people who are mentally competent when they apply (if necessary, via a declaration in advance requesting euthanasia). A notable exception to the voluntary nature of the request for euthanasia concerns newborns who face suffering that is deemed intolerable and who have no prospect of enjoying an acceptable “quality of life” at any point in the ...

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