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Child Euthanasia Law in Belgium First to End Age Limits

Stefaan van Gool has treated brain tumors in children for almost 20 years. None of his young patients has asked for help to die. The Belgian doctor is now bracing for that possibility under a controversial law that’s the first to end age limits for the young.

Terminally ill children may request euthanasia from doctors starting this month. To qualify, they must be in unbearable pain and be assessed by two doctors and a psychiatrist or psychologist. Their legal representatives must also consent.