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Queen's University expert comments on extending Belgian euthanasia law to children

2014-02-14

Queen’s University expert on assisted dying and Ontario Research Chair in Bioethics Udo Schuklenk is available to discuss a new law in Belgium that extends the country’s euthanasia law to children under 18.

This means terminally ill children who are in great pain can decide whether they should undergo euthanasia as long as their parents agree and a psychiatrist or psychologist certifies that the child understands what this choice means.

“The decision by the Belgian Parliament to permit assisted dying for terminally ill children in carefully circumscribed circumstances is a good thing,” says Dr. Schuklenk. “It is not only adults who can suffer from catastrophic illnesses that render their lives not worth living any longer. Condemning terribly suffering children to such a fate is unconscionable.”

Dr. Schuklenk is available for interviews in both English and German. He will also be available to discuss Quebec’s Bill 52 once a decision has been reached.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Rosie Hales at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or rosie.hales@queensu.ca, or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca.

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