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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, November 1, 2013

Belgium May Legalize Child Euthanasia


Belgium is expected to soon pass a widely supported bill allowing for child euthanasia. 

Belgium legalized euthanasia in 2002 and has since allowed Belgians to be euthanized for depression, blindness, anorexia nervosa, and a botched sex-change operation.

Supporters of a child euthanasia law say it’s necessary and compassionate, but opponents deem it to be the next phase of “a culture of death.”  Under the new law, terminally ill or suffering children under the age of 18 can be euthanized on request as long as their parents consent and an expert deems the child to be capable of understanding their decision.

See Dale Hurd, Culture of Death: Belgium Eyes Child Euthanasia, Charisma News, Oct. 21, 2013.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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