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Euthanasia for terminally ill children

SCOPE

Responding to news that Belgium has voted to legalise euthanasia for terminally ill children, Richard Hawkes, chief executive of the disability charity Scope, said:

“Many British disabled people will be looking nervously over at Belgium.

“Right now there are loud, well-organised and influential, calls to legalise assisted suicide for terminally ill adults.

“But there are lots of ordinary people, not least disabled people, who are really worried at the way we seem to be edging towards a change in the law.

“We can’t change a law that works on the basis of powerful, but exceptional cases. Politicians will debate assisted suicide again later this year. They need to guard against community bullying of our most vulnerable members."

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