Euthanasia in Belgium: 98 Advance Directives Rescinded

Euthanasia in Belgium: 98 Advance Directives Rescinded

In Belgium the Dutch-language newspapers: “De Standaard”, “Het Nieuwsblad” and “Gazet van Antwerpen” have recently published statistics for 2016-2017 for rescinding requests for euthanasia. Ninety-eight citizens withdrew their signatures for advance directives for...
Controversy in Belgium over “illicit” euthanasia

Controversy in Belgium over “illicit” euthanasia

In Belgium a disputable case of euthanasia recently made the headlines when a patient, with dementia, was given a lethal injection by his doctor. The physician thus acted in violation of the 2002 Euthanasia Act, without having either the patient’s consent or a second...
Belgium: 15 years After Legalizing Euthanasia

Belgium: 15 years After Legalizing Euthanasia

May 28, 2017 marked the 15th anniversary of the law legalizing euthanasia in Belgium. According to the official data from their Federal Control Commission, euthanasia was performed on 14,753 individuals between 2002 and 2016. The objective of this publication is to...
Belgium Euthanizes its First Child

Belgium Euthanizes its First Child

  This past September 17, the head of Belgium’s Federal Control and Evaluation Committee on Euthanasia, Professor Wim Distelmans, confirmed to the Dutch newspaper “Het Nieuwsblad” the first case of euthanasia performed on a minor in Belgium. No specific information...
Euthanasia of minors in Belgium: annulment appeal rejected

Euthanasia of minors in Belgium: annulment appeal rejected

On October 29, 2015, the Belgian Constitutional Council rejected the annulment appeal of the law of February 28, 2014 which authorizes the euthanasia of minors. The appeal was filed at the issue of the vote by the associations Jurivie, Pro Vita and ‘Youth for Live’ as...