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Belgium: Parliament votes in favour of child euthanasia01:05

Belgium: Parliament votes in favour of child euthanasia

Belgium, Brussels
February 13, 2014 at 17:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

Belgium: Parliament votes in favour of child euthanasia

Belgian MPs voted in favour of a law granting terminally ill children under the age of 18 the right to euthanasia in the parliaments lower house on Thursday.

The approved law extended an existing law allowing euthanasia for adults, making Belgium the first country in the world to remove age restrictions on the practice.

The bill, which passed through the upper house in September, stipulates parental and medical staff approval, terminal illness, unrelievable pain, and the patient making capable of making a conscious decision as pre-conditions.

The bill will go to the Belgian King Philippe to be signed into law.

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Belgium: Parliament votes in favour of child euthanasia

Belgian MPs voted in favour of a law granting terminally ill children under the age of 18 the right to euthanasia in the parliaments lower house on Thursday.

The approved law extended an existing law allowing euthanasia for adults, making Belgium the first country in the world to remove age restrictions on the practice.

The bill, which passed through the upper house in September, stipulates parental and medical staff approval, terminal illness, unrelievable pain, and the patient making capable of making a conscious decision as pre-conditions.

The bill will go to the Belgian King Philippe to be signed into law.