December 19, 2013

Belgium debates allowing gravely ill children the right to die

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"There is an independent commission which is competent to evaluate cases of euthanasia in our country," said Philippe Mahoux, a Socialist Party senator. Photo courtesy Senator Phillipe Mahoux

"There is an independent commission which is competent to evaluate cases of euthanasia in our country," said Philippe Mahoux, a Socialist Party senator. Photo courtesy Senator Phillipe Mahoux

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(RNS) The law will make Belgium the first country to allow euthanasia for children if they are terminally ill and living with "constant and unbearable physical suffering."