(10i) Giving people the choice between Euthanasia or not
Last month the Belgian Parliament approved that euthanasia should be allowed for children in some exceptional situations. I and many other people think this is a good decision although I understand why others are opposed. There was even a prayer session against it in Brussels, uniting many religions. Now the King needs to sign before it becomes law; let's see.
- to protect doctors, patients and relatives
- while it gives the right to everyone to die peacefully if they wish
- but the law is also needed so that what happens is as open as possible and thus patients' life can't be ended without their permission (thus it protects people who don't want euthanasia) while others can stop their own suffering.
- The child needs to be terminally ill and in great pain;
- The child should mention more than ones the wish to die, thus euthanasia will not be possible because the child has one bad day;
- More than one doctor and psychiatrists need to agree that the patient can't be helped;
- The parents are involved and need to agree.
I think if parents notice the struggle of their child, they could mention they support every decision the child may suggest, or they may ask health professionals to tell the child if it is too difficult for them. Indeed, people involved in such a difficult decision should receive as much as help as they need, not only help for the child and family but also for health professionals who nurse the child. Afterwards, parents may feel relieved their child doesn't suffer anymore, even when they don't realise it at the moment.
|Fear of dying, not fear of death. Therefore, I want to decide not to suffer during my final moments as death can be a sadist.|