On 23 September 2002 Belgium's first euthanasia law came into force. "Only" those who are not mentally, ill adults should be euthanized having expressed their request, and been tested. Critics have warned for years that the reality is quite different and people will be cheerfully euthanized by the law.
Phased Disinhibition of Killing
Nevertheless, Parliament voted last 13 February, recently reading an extension of the law to minors and the mentally ill. Critics thought, however, that both groups were not in a position to make such a far-reaching and definitive decision and were therefore expressly excluded in order to prevent abuse. But a large majority of Belgian MPs consider it logical and conceivable that a two year old child is able to make decisions, that a two year old is in any way capable of making a request for euthanasia of their own free will. In fact, this majority tacitly accepted that third parties could decide on the killing of wards.