Belgium Weighing Child Euthanasia Law: Report

Friday, 21 Jun 2013 12:43 PM

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The Belgian Federal Parliament is considering an expansioni of its controversial "right to die" policies to include access to euthanasia for some gravely ill children, according to a report in the International Business Times.
 
A consensus among members of the legislative body has reportedly formed in support of legislation to allow children to choose to undergo euthanasia in certain dire cases, accordin go to the Belgian daily newspaper Der Morgen.
 
If child euthanasia is legalized in Belgium, the country would become the first in the developed world to have a law on the books allowing the practice, although the Netherlands has since 2005 not prosecuted doctors who perform euthanasia on some minors as long as the doctors act in accordance with a set of medical guidelines.

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