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Belgium set to extend right-to-die law to children

Belgium set to give kids right to die

Belgium, one of the very few countries where euthanasia is legal, is expected to take the unprecedented step this week of abolishing age restrictions on who can ask to be put to death — extending the right to children for the first time. 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 pediatricians — and everyday people who have staged noisy street protests, fearing that vulnerable children will be talked into making a final, irreversible choice. The law will be specific enough that it will only apply to the handful of teenage boys and girls who are in advanced stages of cancer or other terminal illnesses and suffering unbearable pain, supporters say.

Openly gay teen attains Eagle Scout

An openly gay 17-year-old Boy Scout in Maryland has achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout. On Monday night, Boy Scout Troop 52 of Chevy Chase formed a circle and gave Pascal Tessier of Kensington sustained applause and some handshakes and pats on the back. His achievement comes just weeks after the national organization lifted its ban on gay youth and may make him the first publicly gay Eagle Scout approved under the new policy. "It's just really amazing, and it honestly hasn't really sunk in yet," Tessier said.

By the numbers

5.8 The average stress level reported by American teenagers during the school year, with 10 being the most stressed and 1 being the least, according to an online survey in August by the American Psychological Association.

4.1 The average stress level reported by teens during the summer.

5.1 The average stress level reported by American adults.

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