Euthanasia | Officials release few details about the patient, diagnosed by doctors as terminally ill
by Jae Wasson
Posted 9/19/16, 05:31 pm
A terminally ill 17-year-old, the first minor approved for legally assisted suicide in Belgium, died over the weekend.
The Belgian lawmaker who helped craft the 2014 law legalizing euthanasia for all minors confirmed the teen’s death to the media on Saturday but declined to provide details to protect the grieving family.
While Liberal Sen. Jean-Jacques De Gucht and other supporters hailed the child’s death as humane, opponents call such lax attitudes toward life worrisome.