Whilst Belgium is currently preparing to examine the draft bill on euthanasia for minors, numerous voices of authority are continuing to be heard, beseeching Belgium not to "take irreparable steps".
On 30 January 2014, 60 Council of Europe MPs jointly signed a declaration drawing attention to the draft law in Belgium.
In Belgium, the Humanists’ party (cdH) published its latest press release asking "political parties to act wisely". Party members are rebelling against a law that is totally unjustified because it does not satisfy any requirement. They are concerned about the short timeframe involved, condemning the government’s desire to draw this issue to a close before the spring elections. Such haste has prevented the Chamber from holding new hearings, especially with the medical profession.
If Belgium votes in favour of this draft bill, it will be the second country in the world to legalise euthanasia for its minors after the Netherlands. And the first not to specify a minimum age for euthanasia.