800% increase: Euthanasia spikes in Belgium, especially among non-terminally ill

Сases of euthanasia are spiking in Belgium, which legalized the practice more than 10 years ago and is often held up as an example of how to approach the issue. More and more people who aren’t terminally ill are requesting the practice.

The latest records paint a confusing picture. On the one hand, there are clear increases in doctor-assisted suicides in Belgium. As statistics obtained by Reuters indicate, there was a steady increase between 2003 and 2013. In the space of a decade, instances of people choosing to end their lives this way rose nearly eight-fold, from 235 to 1,807 cases.

On the other hand, an increasing proportion of these people are not terminally ill.