Belgium, Quebec hoping to approve of Child Euthanasia Law
End-of-life bill to be introduced today in Quebec
Controversial proposed legislation on Quebec citizens’ right to die will be introduced today at the province’s national assembly.
The first reading of the bill, an act respecting end-of-life care, is scheduled for Wednesday just a few days before MNAs break for the summer.
Even if it’s completely unopposed, the earliest the bill could be adopted would be late fall.
Belgian Parliament Posed To Approve Child Euthanasia Law
A consensus among members of the legislative body has reportedly formed in support of legislation to allow children to choose to undergo euthanasia in certain dire cases, according to a report in the Belgian daily newspaper Der Morgen, as translated by the Paris-based news agency Presseurop.
If child euthanasia is legalized in Belgium, the country would become the first in the developed world to have a law on the books allowing the practice, although the Netherlands has since 2005 not prosecuted doctors who perform euthanasia on some minors as long as the doctors act in accordance with a set of medical guidelines dubbed the Groningen Protocol.