BELGIUM SET TO ALLOW EUTHANASIA FOR KIDS

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BRUSSEL: More than a decade after legalizing euthanasia for adults, Belgium is set this week to extend mercy-killing to terminally-ill children after lengthy public debate over the ethical issues at stake. Despite strong opposition from the Church and even some pediatricians, a bill allowing euthanasia for minors facing “unbearable physical suffering” goes up for debate in parliament’s lower house on Wednesday. If adopted as widely expected, the legislation will make Belgium only the second country after the Netherlands to allow incurably sick children to seek to end their lives.

AFP

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