Friday, 7 February 2014

Belgian euthanasia bill

Last week, a large number of the European Parliament members signed a Declaration opposing the euthanasia for children in Belgium. The Belgian media is reporting that the bill to extend euthanasia to children in Belgium will likely be voted on Thursday February 13.

The Belgian government announced today that the debate on the child euthanasia bill, in the Chamber of Deputies, will occur on February 12 and the vote will likely happen the next day, but possibly on the same day of the debate.

Similar to the Groningen Protocol in the Netherlands, the extension of euthanasia to children in Belgian is based on allowing euthanasia for children with disabilities.

It is likely that the bill is being fast tracked because a strong opposition to the bill is developing.

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