Belgium considering new euthanasia law for kids

Associated Press
Belgium considering new euthanasia law for kids

In this April 23, 2010, file photo, Belgium's Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard addresses the media in Brussels. In Belgium, where euthanasia is now legal for people over the age of 18, the government is considering extending it to children, something that no other country has done. The same bill would offer the right to die to adults with early dementia. During testimony Leonard said alternatives like palliative sedation make euthanasia unnecessary and this relieves doctors of the burden of having to kill patients. In palliative sedation, patients are sedated and life-sustaining support is withdrawn so they starve to death; the process can take days. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe, File)

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