Belgium’s law permits euthanasia in case of adults. Now two committees of the Belgian Senate say that the regulation must be extended to include children in specific instances.
The proposal on the matter was approved of at a joint meeting of the chamber’s committees of social affairs and justice on Wednesday. The 13-4 vote for the bill, which stoked an intense debate in the European nation, must next be examined by the full Senate before it can be passed into a law.
Should the legislature be approved by the Belgian Senate, children in the country who suffer from a terminal disease or are undergoing unbearable physical pain can request for euthanasia, provided their parents give their consent.
The law would also require a psychologist to certify that the child took an informed decision knowing the consequences of his/her decision and the child would have to be under medical supervision.