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Belgium extends euthanasia law to children

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 18 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1633
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

Belgium has become the first country in the world to abolish all age restrictions on the right to die after the parliament approved legislation on 13 February to extend euthanasia to terminally ill children.

The amendment to the existing law on euthanasia, approved 12 years ago, was passed by 86 votes to 44 with 12 abstentions after an emotional two day debate. The …

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