Five Belgians Euthanized Every Day in 2013

Rate of Killing Hits Record Numbers

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The number of people being euthanized in Belgium has reached record numbers, new research has found.

In the latest figures released by Sudpresse, Belgium’s leading French-speaking newspaper, 1,816 cases of euthanasia were reported in 2013 against 1,432 in 2012, an increase of 26.8%.

“You could say that currently there are 150 cases of euthanasia per month in Belgium or, even more telling, 5 people euthanized a day,” the newspaper said.

Of the 1,816 cases, 51.7 were male patients and 48.3% were female.

Those aged between 70 and 90 make up 53.5% of the total, with 60-70 are 21%, with over 90 years 7% and less than 60 years, 15%.

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