International Chair - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
A study concerning the euthanasia practise in the Netherlands that was published in the Journal of Medical Ethics on February 18 found that 34% of Dutch doctors will consider euthanizing a person who is either mentally ill, living with dementia or "tired of living." This recent study proves that euthanasia is expanding and is contagious.
The researchers sent a questionnaire to 2269 eligible doctors with 1456 completing the questionnaire, a 64% response rate.
The results of the questionnaire indicated that 34% of Dutch doctors would consider euthanasia for a person with mental illness, dementia or who claims to be "tired of living."
When examining the data further, the study of doctors in the Netherlands indicates that:
- 40% would lethally inject someone who is living with early stages of dementia,
- 33% would approve of euthanasia for someone in the late stages of dementia,
- 27% would euthanize a person who is "tired of living" if they had other conditions,
- 18% would lethally inject a person who claims to be simply "tired of living."
As concerning as the Dutch euthanasia statistics are, it is important to note that a Lancet study concerning the Dutch euthanasia practice in 2010 found that 23% of the assisted deaths were not reported and 310 assisted deaths were done without request.
The mobile euthanasia teams claimed that they would fill "unmet demand" for euthanasia from people with chronic depression (psychiatric cases), people with disabilities, people with dementia and loneliness.
Boer, stated in his recent article that:
I used to be a supporter of legislation. But now, with twelve years of experience, I take a different view.
Once the genie is out of the bottle, it is not likely to ever go back in again.We need to heed the warning from Theo Boer.
We need to reject killing people by euthanasia and assisted suicide.