There were 1,432 recorded cases of euthanasia in Belgium in 2012; a 25% increase on the previous year’s figure. They represented 2% of all deaths, the AFP news agency reported.
When legalized euthanasia first starting gaining political steam in the Western world, opponents predicted that a procedure pitched as a way of ending extreme suffering in end of life cases would rapidly become normalized, manufacturing a demand, preying on the confused and depressed, and creating opportunities for people to come under pressure from relatives or a social consensus. (“Her death does not bother me,” Nathan’s mom said, according to The Telegraph).As you think about that, we’ll leave you with this one last detail from the BBC’s story:
Voluntary euthanasia for those over 18 is relatively uncontroversial in Belgium. Parliament is now considering expanding the law to under 18s as well.
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