Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Belgium reported euthanasia deaths rise. At least 50 people die by euthanasia for mental illness in 2021.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

On March 31, the Belgian Commission for the Control and Evaluation of Euthanasia published their 2021 euthanasia data.
In reporting on the euthanasia commission's date, the European Institute of Bioethics (EIB) stated that the number of reported euthanasia deaths increased to 2699 from 2444 in 2020.

The EIB reported that at least 50 people died by euthanasia for mental illness which was more than double from the 2020 report  where there were 21 euthanasia deaths for mental illness.

The EIB reported that studies indicate that at least 25 - 35% of the euthanasia deaths are not reported and therefore illegal. Previous studies also indicate that approximately 2% of all euthanasia deaths are done without request or consent.

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