Contrary to the Supreme Court decision that struck down Canada's laws that protect people from assisted death, in Belgium, where euthanasia has been legal since 2002, a significant number people are dying by euthanasia without request.
Yesterday I wrote an article about the study published in the NEJM on March 19, 2015 on the experience with euthanasia in Flanders Belgium. The study sent 6188 questionnaires to the physician who certified death certificates in the first half of 2013. The researchers received 3751 responses representing a 60.6% rate of return. The data indicated that 4.6% of all deaths were euthanasia and .05% of all deaths were assisted suicide.
This study found that 1.7% of deaths in the Flanders region of Belgium, in 2013, were intentionally hastened without explicit request. A similar study in 2007 found that 1.8% of deaths in the Flanders region of Belgium were hastened without explicit request, meaning that the problem continues.
Since there are 61,621 deaths in Flanders in 2013 and since the study found that 1.7% of all deaths were hastened without explicit request, therefore more than 1000 deaths were hastened without explicit request in 2013 in Flanders.
The Supreme Court of Canada assisted dying decision stated that abuse of euthanasia laws are anecdotal. A previous Belgian study in 2007 found that 1.8% of all deaths were hastened without explicit consent and this new Belgian study (2013) found that 1.7% of all deaths were hastened without explicit consent representing no statistical change in Belgium.
Associated Press article interviewed Belgian ethicist Freddy Mortier. The article stated:
Mortier was not happy, however, that the 'hastening of death without explicit request from patients,' which can happen when a patient slumbers into unconsciousness or has lost the capacity for rational judgment, stood at 1.7 percent of cases in 2013. In the Netherlands, that figure was 0.2 percent.People need to recognize that euthanasia or assisted suicide laws will be abused. Will assisted death be your choice or will it be imposed on you?
To learn about the abuse and expansion of euthanasia in the Netherlands and Belgium order my book: Exposing Vulnerable People to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide.
- New study: Euthanasia represents 4.6% of all deaths in Flanders Belgium in 2013, deaths without patient request continue.
- Supreme Court of Canada decision is irresponsible and dangerous.
- Belgium euthanasia deaths increase by 26.8% in 2013.
- Belgian euthanasia promoter admits to problems with the euthanasia law.