Critics don't have a clue of euthanasia in case of psychiatric suffering:
- Belgium is one of the few countries that allow doctors to assist patients in killing themselves at their request. It also grants the procedure to people with mental illnesses. This stems from a belief that people with psychiatric illnesses should be afforded the same rights as patients suffering from physical ones.
- Every year, nearly 2.000 procedures of euthanasia are conducted in Belgium. In 40 cases -- the reason is psychological suffering.
- In 2014, Belgium expanded its original euthanasia law to permit the procedure for children, although not in the cases of psychological suffering.
- The procedures are executed by 'LEIF'-doctors. Some other (mostly Catholic) doctors have trouble accepting this.
- Earlier this year, the Belgian Brothers of Charity changed their position on euthanasia. They decided to allow it in their centers, under strict conditions. In spite of the Roman Catholic Church's anger, they reaffirmed their position last month.
- Ever since then, there's a (renewed) clash between the “progressive” and the more “conservative” doctors about euthanasia in the case of mental illness. Dozens of academics and health care providers are voicing their concerns.