Belgian lawmakers have adopted a bill that extends the right to euthanasia for terminally ill children under 18.
The legislation passed 86 to 44 with 12 abstentions. That followed a vote by the country’s Senate in December supporting the measure.
The next step would see the bill go to the king to be signed into law.
The euthanasia bill seeks to allow children to request to be put to death if they are in great pain and there’s no available treatment.
Child’s right to die
If passed into law, Belgium will be the first country in the world to remove any age limit on the practice.
The new bill would extend the “right to die” to those under 18 only under certain strict conditions.
Under the Dutch conditions, a patient’s request for euthanasia can be fulfilled by a doctor if the request is “voluntary and well-considered.”