Ages 12-18


Children ages 12-18

The Dutch Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide Act (WTL) applies to persons above the age of 12. However, the WTL specifies that termination of life at request of minors aged 12 to 16 can only be carried out if two conditions are met. First, the minor must be able to reasonably value his own interests. Secondly, the parents (or guardians) must have given permission for the termination of life. For minors aged 16 to 18 there are also two conditions that have to be met. The first one is the same as for minors aged 12 to 16, the second one requires that the parents (or guardians) are involded in the decision-making process.1


 1. H.E.G.M. Hermans & M.A.J.M. Buijsen, Recht en gezondheidszorg, Amsterdam: Reed Business, 2010, p. 429-430.

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