Separating fact from fiction about euthanasia in Belgium

Access to euthanasia in Belgium has been “expanding” but it’s not out of control. Xesai/Shutterstock

As a Belgian social scientist working on the topic of end-of-life care and decision making for the last ten years, a lot of my research has concerned the practice of euthanasia, which my country legalised in 2002 for incurable patients with severe suffering.

Though there are issues around euthanasia in Belgium, the view from the outside is often heavily biased toward problematising our euthanasia law and practice. Let’s consider some of the most prominent concerns and whether they’re justified.

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