(CNSNews.com) -- Three children have been euthanized in Belgium since 2016, according to a report by the country’s FKim photoederal Control and Evaluation Committee, as reported by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC).
After the legalization of euthanasia for minors in Belgium in 2014, a 17-year-old boy was the first minor to be euthanized in 2016.
Belgium, a social democratic welfare state, is the first country in the world to allow the euthanasia of children. However, the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children reports that there is evidence to show that doctors have intervened in the deaths of disabled babies in both the Netherlands and Belgium.
The Control and Evaluation Committee also reported an increase in euthanasia by 13% between 2016 and 2017, with the majority of cases involving people between the ages of 60 and 89 and suffering from polypathology, a term used to define a variety of different illnesses at once.
In the last four years, the number of patients suffering from polypathology requesting euthanasia has almost doubled, from 232 to 444, reported the SPUC.
Professor Wim Distlemans, the co-chairman of the Federal Control and Evaluation Committee, is a controversial figure who has overseen euthanasia cases since it was legalized in Belgium. The controversy over his position is due to the cases he has overseen, which include 45-year-old deaf twins, and a 44-year-old whose sex-change operation had failed.
Additionally, last November it was discovered that Distelmans had killed his depressed but physically healthy mother by lethal injection when he was asked to come to the morgue to fill out paperwork on dealing with her remains.