Protests as Belgium set to legalise euthanasia for children

Professor Stefaan Van Gool of UZ Leuven university shows a map during a press conference of various paediatricians on the expansion of the euthanasia law for minors, in Brussels, on February 11, 2014. The bill, due to be vote this week, would allow minors to ask for euthanasia if they are terminally ill, if they are in great pain and if there is no treatment to alleviate their distress. Photo/AFP

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  • "To see a sick child die is revolting, it is not just," said Socialist parliamentarian Karine Lalieux as MP crossed swords on the ethically tough question that will be put to the vote on Thursday.

Belgium faced fresh protests Wednesday as its parliament debated whether to extend a ground-breaking euthanasia law to terminally-ill children, making it only the second nation to allow minors the right to die.

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