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Belgian lawmakers extend euthanasia to children

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Belgian politicians gather to vote the bill on child euthanasia extending to children a legal option already possessed by the country’s adults, at the Belgian federal parliament in Brussels, Thursday Feb. 13, 2014, as visitors look down from the balcony onto the plenary room. The legislation appears to have wide support in the largely liberal country. But it has also aroused intense opposition from foes, including a list of paediatricians, and everyday people who have staged street protests. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

Belgian politicians gather to vote the bill on child euthanasia extending to children a legal option already possessed by the country’s adults, at the Belgian federal parliament in Brussels, Thursday Feb. 13, 2014, as visitors look down from the balcony onto the plenary room. The legislation appears to have wide support in the largely liberal country. But it has also aroused intense opposition from foes, including a list of paediatricians, and everyday people who have staged street protests. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

Visitors look down from the balcony onto the plenary room, as Belgian politicians gather to vote the bill on child euthanasia at the Belgian federal parliament in Brussels, Thursday Feb. 13, 2014, extending to children a legal option already possessed by the country’s adults. The legislation appears to have wide support in the largely liberal country. But it has also aroused intense opposition from foes, including a list of paediatricians, and everyday people who have staged street protests. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

Visitors look down from the balcony onto the plenary room, as Belgian politicians gather to vote the bill on child euthanasia at the Belgian federal parliament in Brussels, Thursday Feb. 13, 2014, extending to children a legal option already possessed by the country’s adults. The legislation appears to have wide support in the largely liberal country. But it has also aroused intense opposition from foes, including a list of paediatricians, and everyday people who have staged street protests. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo looks up before Belgian politicians vote the bill on child euthanasia at the Belgian federal parliament in Brussels, Thursday Feb. 13, 2014, extending to children a legal option already possessed by the country’s adults. The legislation appears to have wide support in the largely liberal country, but it has also aroused intense opposition from foes, including a list of paediatricians, and everyday people who have staged street protests.(AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

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