Belgium extends euthanasia to children

By a vote of 86-44, the Belgian House of Representatives has approved a bill to extend euthanasia to children.  The bill had previously passed the Belgian Senate.  The law will apply to children who have a terminal and incurable illness, are near death, and suffering “constant and unbearable physical” pain.  Parents and health care professionals must agree, and a paediatric psychiatrist or psychologist must certify that the child has the capacity to discern that being killed is the ‘best choice.’ [The Guardian]

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