Belgium gives terminally ill people the right to dieBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7320.1024/a (Published 03 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1024
- Rory Watson
Belgium is set to become the second country in the world to decriminalise euthanasia. The draft legislation was overwhelmingly approved by its upper house, the Senate, last week and is expected to be approved by its lower chamber before the end of the year.
Strict criteria will have to be met before a patient's wish to end his or her life can be honoured. Patients will have to be aged over 18 years, be …