Belgian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Feb. 13 to extend the country's euthanasia law to children under 18.
The law empowers children withwho are in great pain to ask to be put to death by their doctor if their parents agree and a or psychologist certifies they are aware of what their choice signifies.
It has wide public support, but was opposed by someand Roman Catholic .
Belgium's euthanasia law, passed in 2002, previously applied only to legal adults. (AP)
The Japan Times ST: February 28, 2014