Belgium: Lawmakers back allowing minors to request euthanasia - CNN.com
(CNN) -- A controversial bill that would extend the right to request euthanasia to children suffering terminal illnesses and adults with dementia cleared a vote in a Belgian Senate committee Wednesday.
The panel voted 13-4 to allow minors to seek euthanasia under certain conditions, the communications director for the Senate, Patrick Peremans, told CNN.
The vote is one stage in a legislative process -- the bill must clear other hurdles before it becomes law.
Belgium passed legislation in 2002 allowing voluntary euthanasia for adults.
Changes to the law now being considered by lawmakers would allow under-18s to request an end to their life only under stringent guidelines.