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The Dutch government announced plans this week that it intends to legalize mercy killings, which will make it the first nation to do so. Euthanasia is already a wide-spread practice and is largely accepted in the Netherlands. The legalization proposal is expected to be approved by the parliament next year. One controversial provision of the law will allow children as young as 12 years old to receive euthanasia provided that they suffer from “irremediable and unbearable pain.” Like, for instance, from not getting a pony? An equally peculiar guideline will require that euthanasia be “carefully carried out.” God forbid a doctor should slip up and accidentally kill someone. Can Dutch teenagers really be so different from our own? Don’t they wear black and believe that only Alanis Morrisette understands? Isn’t their life over — like totally — each alternate Friday?

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