by Dr Angelo Bottone, Iona Institute, 26 September 2017
In Belgium euthanasia was legalised in 2002 and in 2014 it was extended to children!
The rate of euthanasia increased significantly between 2007 and 2013, from 1.9 to 4.6% of overall deaths, and it is now significantly higher than the Netherlands where it represents 4.1% of deaths. Both the number and the proportion of the requests granted has increased.
The problem with euthanasia is that once we accept the idea that we have a right to die, which in fact means a right to be killed, it becomes difficult to limit this right. Moreover, what is the point of campaigning against suicide, in school for instance, if the state offers it as an opportunity?
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