Percorso Vita Onlus, Italy
*Corresponding author: Giulia Cuman, Community coordinator, Percorso Vita Onlus, Padova, Italy, Tel: +39 3206006548; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission: September 20, 2017; Published: December 08, 2017
ISSN : 2576-9200Volume1 Issue3
The general involvement of minors in the decision-making that occurs within medical settings is not straight forward, and end-of-life decisions and euthanasia for minors pose peculiar ethical challenges for healthcare professionals . Many of these challenges are a consequence of the complex interaction between healthcare professionals, parents, and patients . Moreover, many consider the issue of euthanasia to be more controversial, because it deals with the ethical justification of permitting a capable minor to take part in the decision to use lethal drugs to terminate their life . The ethical debates on end-of-life care in minors have taken place in many countries, in Europe, only the Netherlands and Belgium have adopted specific legislation that allows euthanasia in minors .