Belgium passes legislation allowing euthanasia for children

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Belgium’s world first move to legalise euthanasia without age restriction has sparked outrage in the community with protesters saying children aren’t mature enough to make the decision.

The legislation was passed with the restrictions that two doctors have to be consulted on the decision, a child must understand the choice as confirmed by a psychologist and their parents need to consent.In the Chamber of Representatives 86 members voted in favour of the law, 44 against and 12 abstained.While two-thirds of the Belgian population supported the move, Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders have joined to condemn the law.

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