Dutch children of all ages will be eligible to be euthanised when the country broadens its law once again later this year.
The Dutch Government has agreed to revise the Euthanasia Act to include children between the ages of one and twelve.
In 2002, the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalise euthanasia, including for children older than twelve. And parents have been allowed to seek assistance from doctors to kill their babies before their first birthday since 2005.
Deaths from euthanasia rose by nearly 14 per cent in the country in 2022, totalling 8,720 people killed.
Professor Kevin Yuill, Chief Executive of Humanists Against Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia, said the new figures were alarming.
“Euthanasia is increasingly seen as a solution for social rather than medical problems.”
He added: “What we are increasingly seeing is death, ironically, as a ‘lifestyle choice’ for those who are frightened of living. This is worrying to say the least.”
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