2012 was a record year for euthanasia in Belgium. 1430
people sought and got an assited suicide last year
. There was the rather famous case of the twin brothers who were already deaf and were going blind. They opted for euthanasia together. Which is a bit odd, but in their situation, I can understand it.
Swiss style euthanasia tourism has not taken off in Belgium. There were exactly 10 cases of people traveling to Belgium for the express reason of killing themselves legally. Now there's something to put on those silly touristy road signs. "Welcome to Belgium, where people come to die."
Those 10 were 'mostly', the article said, French, German and US-ian. I can actually imagine how that line got into the article.
+ "Hm, I want to say something about those two Germans."
- "Yeah, but you can't put 'two Germans'."
+ "Why not?"
- "Cause ... erm ... cause ... I don't know, it just feels wrong."
+ "Look, it took me ages to get these figures together, sort through them. Why do you think, just click a button and POOF two Germans pop out. I want to include the two Germans!"
- "Why don't you put ... 'mostly German, French and American'?"
+ "That's silly!"
- "it works though"
+ *sigh* "Ow, alright then, I'll put 'mostly'"
wow, would you look at that tangent! I'm actually sorry for that. Was listening to Robert Llewellyn while typing that. Strange things happen inside my skull when he's about.
Just ... pretend the stuff about the 10 foreigners isn't in the post. Yeah, I suppose I could just delete the lot, but I'm just that kind of a git, aren't I?
Better type something relevant now ... The euthanasia law is set to be amended. Currently euthanasia is only available for adults. The amendment would lower the age to 12.