posted on Feb, 14 2014 @ 02:04 AM
BRUSSELS: Belgian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to extend the country's euthanasia law to children under 18.
The law empowers children with terminal ailments who are in great pain to ask to be put to death by their doctor if their parents agree and a
psychiatrist or psychologist certifies they are conscious of what their choice signifies.
It has wide public support, but was opposed by some pediatricians and the country's Roman Catholic clergy. As House of Representative members cast
their ballots and an electronic tally board lit up with enough green lights to indicate the measure would carry, a lone protester in the chamber
Belgium's euthanasia law, passed in 2002, previously applied only to legal adults. The neighboring Netherlands allows euthanasia for children as young
as 12, providing their families agree.
And now it looks like Belgium will become the first country to allow kids the same privilege to end their suffering from a terminal disease thru
I will admit I never knew that there were countries that approved of euthanasia on sickly terminal people
And there is wide support from the public too it seems
This would never ever, ever, ever pass in the US
I remember Dr.Kevorkian had helped some terminal patients that were wanting to end their suffering and he had set it up where the patient was the one
to finally end their life, no one else, when they were ready --Volunteer Suicide--
Of course, there was much public outcry surrounding his work and he was arrested and sent to jail for several years back in 1999
I highly doubt our country will ever be open minded enough to even be able to discuss volunteer suicide without getting upset about it
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