Belgium Approves Child Euthanasia

    Protesters, who call themselves the "yellow jackets", hold banners and placards as they demonstrate against a new law authorizing euthanasia for children, in Brussels February 11, 2014. Belgium is expected to pass a new law on Thursday, introducing the right to grant euthanasia for terminally ill children, making Belgium the first country in the world to remove the age limit for the procedure. The new law is going to the Belgian Parliament with MP's expected to pass it after breaking what is an almost universal taboo, when in December last year the country's Senate voted it through a 50-17 majority.  REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule (BELGIUM  - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX18MCF

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    Lawmakers in Belgium voted 86 to 44 for a law allowing children to have the same right as adults to choose their death on Thursday. The new law, which will now go to King Philippe for signing, would allow minors to pursue euthanasia, provided they are personally able to say they want to die, they completely comprehend their choice, and have "constant and unbearable physical or mental suffering that cannot be alleviated." A parent or guardian must also give consent after doctors and psychologists assess the choice.

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