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Against euthanasia for children: a response to Bovens
  1. Christopher Kaczor
  1. Correspondence to Professor Christopher Kaczor, James Madison Program, Princeton University, 83 Prospect Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540-5210, USA; kaczor{at}


If we accept euthanasia for adults, should we also accept voluntary euthanasia for children? In ‘Child Euthanasia: Should We Just Not Talk about It?’, Luc Bovens answers this question affirmatively. Bovens examines five arguments against extending euthanasia to minors, the arguments being weightiness, capability of discernment, pressure, sensitivity and sufficient palliative care. He rejects each of these arguments. In this paper, I provide a rejoinder for each of his responses. I also critique his view that opponents of euthanasia have extra responsibility to promote palliative care. On the contrary, if euthanasia is legalised, advocates of euthanasia have a special obligation to promote improvements in palliative care.

  • Euthanasia
  • Palliative Care
  • Children
  • Informed Consent

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