Can an eight-year-old consent to euthanasia?

A plan by the Dutch government to legalise the euthanasia of young children is raising new questions about consent

Last week, the Netherlands announced its intention to allow doctors to legally euthanise terminally ill children under 12.

Dr Wendy Bonython (PhD).

Minister for Health Hugo de Jonge said the expansion of the country's assisted dying regime was necessary to help children "who agonise with no hope".

Under the country's existing laws