Children and teenagers afflicted with deadly illnesses should be allowed to end their lives in certain instances, says Derek Humphry, founder of the Hemlock Society and head of the Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization.
"As long as . . . the law is drawn very carefully and there are lots of guidelines and consent," Humphry told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"It should only happen . . . a young person who is asking to die because of their suffering. It should be agreed to by their parents and agreed to by two doctors who are specialists and know about the condition, and there should be a . . . waiting period," he said Monday.
In Belgium, which allows terminally ill adults to end their lives, the government is considering extending the law to cover children.
"The occasions when it's needed would be pretty rare, but there are certain medical situations that are very distressing and difficult," said Humphry, whose groups support the decriminalization of voluntary euthanasia.
"There are many difficult and strange illnesses in the world . . . There are young children who get severe forms of cancer and leukemia which cause them great suffering despite good medical help and a will to live."
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