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Research in Pediatrics & Neonatology

Euthanasia in Minors: A Care-Ethics Perspective

*Corresponding author: Giulia Cuman, Community coordinator, Percorso Vita Onlus, Padova, Italy

Submission: September 20, 2017; Published: December 08, 2017

DOI: 10.31031/RPN.2017.01.000511

ISSN : 2576-9200
Volume1 Issue3

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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 [1]. Many of these challenges are a consequence of the complex interaction between healthcare professionals, parents, and patients [2]. 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 [3]. 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 [4].

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