Euthanasia for minors: The Belgian Senate starts general discussions

Publié le : 11 October 2013

 On Wednesday, 9 October 2013, the Belgian Senate Commission for Justice and Social Affairs "started general discussions on the legislative proposal that extends the option of euthanasia to minors". This proposal, which was submitted before the summer recess by liberal and socialist MPs following numerous debates which started last February, was then put on hold because of opposition from the government (Gènéthique press review on September 30th, 2013 and Gènéthique press review on April 22nd, 2013). 

As far as some parliamentary groups are concerned, this proposal has several limitations. This having been said, ecologists in particular have drawn attention to "the role that parents could play in the process leading to euthanasia of a minor". The Greens are concerned about "future socio-economic pressures facing parents and the impact this might have on requesting euthanasia for their children". Finally, several senators are demanding clarification on numerous points and other hearings focusing primarily on the concept of legal capacity, minority and even representation. 

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