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Belgian Senate to vote on extending euthanasia to children

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On Thursday 26th November, the Belgian Senate is expected to vote on a controversial bill to extend euthanasia to children with disabilities.

Commenting on the proposals, the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition said: "The Belgian Socialist government is adamant that the euthanasia law needs to extend to minors and people with dementia even though there are significant examples of how the current law is being abused and the bracket creep of acceptable reasons for euthanasia continues to grow.

"The current practice of euthanasia in Belgium appears to have become an easy way to cover-up medical errors."

The bill was introduced by the Socialist Party in December 2012 and if passed, will make Belgium the first country to introduce euthanasia for under 18s.  

For further details, as well as who to contact in Belgium to voice your concerns and a sample letter, please go to Alex Schadenberg's blog >

You can also read two insightful blogs on Belgium's euthanasia laws by Dr Peter Saunders of Care Not Killing:  

Belgium's grisly decent down euthanasia's slippery slope

A deadly conflict of interest: why euthanasia in Belgium is so out of control

And here is an interview with Dr Peter Saunders on the launch and importance of EPC - Europe: Watch video >