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Comment & Response
September 24, 2014

Euthanasia for Minors in Belgium

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Public Health, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • 2End-of-Life Care Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University, Brussels, Belgium
JAMA. 2014;312(12):1258-1259. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.9876

To the Editor Dr Siegel and colleagues1 commented on the recent approval of the Belgian Act on Euthanasia to allow euthanasia for chronically ill children. We would like to enrich this commentary with findings from research in the Netherlands, a country where the law, since 2002, allows euthanasia for patients who are at least 12 years old, provided that a number of specific criteria are met.

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