Belgium extends euthanasia law

The small European country of Belgium is in the news after its parliament voted to remove age restrictions from the country's euthanasia laws. If King Phillipe signs the bill into law, it means children will be eligible for euthanasia.

Belgium has allowed euthanasia since 2002. One of the provisions in the law is that it only applies to those in “constant and unbearable physical or mental suffering that cannot be alleviated.”

The removal of age restrictions does mean more safeguards, including that the child is judged able to understand what euthanasia means. Consent of parents or guardians must also be given as well as the approval of three doctors.

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