Belgian parliament votes through child euthanasia

Feb 14, 2014, 5:33 AM EST
A picture taken on October 8, 2013 shows a plenary session of the Chamber at the federal parliament in Brussels.
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Parliament in Belgium has passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions. When, as expected, the bill is signed by the king, Belgium will become the first country in the world to remove any age limit on the practice. It may be requested by terminally ill children who are in great pain and also have parental consent.
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