Euthanasia Continues to Rise in Belgium

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(BioEdge) The number of euthanasia cases annually in Belgium has exceeded two thousand for the first time since the controversial practice was legalised in 2002.

The new statistics, released by Belgium’s Federal Evaluation and Control Commission for Euthanasia, put the total of recorded cases in 2015 at 2021 (a rise of over 100 cases from 2014).

The figures have steadily increased since 2002, totalling over 1000 annually for the first time in 2011 (1133), and then rising dramatically in 2013 and 2014 (1816 and 1924 respectively).

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  • Nidalap

    Will “right to die” slowly shift into “duty to die”? If I know human nature like I think I do, there’s a fairly good chance…

    • John N

      >’If I know human nature like I think I do …’
      Now if you see any clear indication a “duty to die” is existing anywhere in the countries where euthanasia has become a human right, then show us the cases.

      If you can not, I guess this is just another case of religious fear-mongering.

      • http://verbus.dreamhosters.com OneBreadOneBody

        You ask for a “clear indication” as to whether a “duty to die” exists anywhere. I submit that such data are not empirically obtainable. A patient’s decision to seek euthanasia depends on a number of factors, some obvious and conscious, some very subtle and not always conscious. And it is certainly not one made in isolation from external pressures.

        Caring for a chronically ill patient is severely taxing on the time and resources of the caregivers. Do you deny that people in that position never feel guilty about the burdens they are imposing on their loved ones? In a culture where euthanasia is becoming increasingly common, in which it is becoming more morally acceptable, it then becomes a factor in the patient’s decision-making process, consciously or not.

        You characterize Nidalp’s post as “religious fear-mongering” since he cannot prove that such a condition exists. But in order to prove anything, the premise must be falsifiable. Can you please explain what the corresponding null hypothesis might be? If you can’t do that (and you can’t), then your post is nothing more than an anti-religious rant.

        • John N

          >’In a culture where euthanasia is becoming increasingly common, in which it is becoming more morally acceptable, it then becomes a factor in the patient’s decision-making process, consciously or not.’

          And so to avoid that risk, you will deny the patients’ right to die in a way he choses. Right.

          >’Can you please explain what the corresponding null hypothesis might be? If you can’t do that (and you can’t), then your post is nothing more than an anti-religious rant.’

          Excuse me? Nidalap claims ‘the right to die” will slowly shift into “duty to die”‘ without any evidence whatsoever, and – like you say – a probable unfalsifiable and therefore unscientific claim as well, and you look at me to solve your problem?

          No thanks.

          Making an unsupported claims to spread fear it is.

          A religious motivated claim? That is indeed to be seen.

          • http://verbus.dreamhosters.com OneBreadOneBody

            I have no interest in engaging in an argument. If you can’t be civil then excuse me if I choose to ignore you.. Good day.

          • John N

            Please point to where I’ve been uncivil. If you’re right, I’ll apologize.

          • http://verbus.dreamhosters.com OneBreadOneBody

            Excuse me? Right. No thanks.

          • disqus_23FzLxRDKW

            How come I never see you on Charisma News or at the Disqus religious channels? They have several religious channels and I believe they even have a new Catholic channel as well. And one can use links and images as well. We could use your considerable spiritual maturity and insight. The level of intellectualism may not be quite as high but the range of subject matter is greater. And it is less news oriented and more theological in nature. Also as a Catholic you will experience less attack. But as a Christian you will generally experience more attack, depending on the forum. Or have you already tried these and found them not to your liking?

          • http://verbus.dreamhosters.com OneBreadOneBody

            Actually I am pretty active on Patheos. I really am not looking for an echo chamber. If I only surround myself by people who think as I do what is there to learn?

            Being attacked is not a problem. I participate here mainly because they are rabidly anti-Catholic and I prefer to defend my faith in an arena where it is attacked. Be prepared to give an answer for the faith that lies within you. (paraphrase)

            I may go back to Charisma. Good suggestion.

    • http://verbus.dreamhosters.com OneBreadOneBody

      Sorry I misspelled your screen name.

      I am often accused of “chicken little syndrome” because I know our fallen human nature and I am quick to raise flags when I see us heading to yet another proverbial “slippery slope,” especially when it isn’t sloping much (yet). I think you and I are alike in that. But time has proven that if fallen human beings can screw something up (and we usually can), we usually will.

      With all the push for single-payer medical insurance and the inevitable rationing that will result, I don’t see how we can avoid pressuring terminal patients into “accepting” euthanasia as an acceptable option. All the government has to do is withhold payment for life-sustaining treatment in terminal cases. Who can afford to pay for extended life-support? So we’ll see the day (before I die of natural causes, I pray) when “death panels” will become a fixture in the medical system.

      Good comment.

      • Nidalap

        Thanks for the kind words. You have many excellent points yourself there. And don’t worry about the misspelling. If there’s anywhere it should be allowed, it should be in a screen name! 🙂

      • John N

        >’…. because I know our fallen human nature and I am quick to raise flags when I see us heading to yet another …’

        Fallen human nature? So I was right. Just more religious bigots claiming the right to decide for other people how to live and how to die.

  • Jolanda Tiellemans

    I’m glad that some of my family members had that option.