Belgium: Child Euthanasia Bill passes latest hurdle

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Belgium: Child Euthanasia Bill passes latest hurdle

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A Judiciary Committee has rejected calls for extra hearings before sending Belgium’s Child Euthanasia Bill for a final parliamentary vote.

The decision clears the way for it to be passed to the lower house for consideration and a vote sometime before May.

Last week the Senate voted by 50 to 17 that euthanasia should be legal for children suffering from a terminal illness that is causing severe physical pain.

Unlike the Netherlands which allows euthanasia for children over 12, Belgium is set to become the first nation in the world to lift all age restrictions.

While euthanasia for adults was legalised in 2002, extending it to children has met with severe criticism from religious and conservative groups within the country.