Monday, June 1, 2015

New Zealand euthanasia leader makes false and misleading statement.

Alex Schadenberg
By Alex Schadenberg
International Chair - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The leader of the New Zealand euthanasia lobby told the Dominion Post, that if euthanasia were legalized:
"no more would die, but fewer would suffer ... there is absolutely no evidence to support this in the experience of European countries and American states."
In one sense Jack Havill, the leader of the Euthanasia Society of New Zealand is right, we are all going to die, therefore - no more would die. 

By examining his statement based on its meaning the quote is false and misleading.

In Belgium, the Netherlands, Oregon and Washington state, the number of assisted deaths has significantly increased and have been accompanied by a growth in reasons why lethal doses are injected. To avoid the accusation of fear mongering, I will simply provide the data.

The Netherlands 2013 euthanasia statistics state that there were 4829 reported euthanasia deaths representing an increase of 15% over 2012 and more than double the number of deaths since 2008 when there were 2331 reported euthanasia deaths.

There were also 42 euthanasia deaths for people with psychiatric problems and 97 euthanasia deaths for people with dementia in the Netherlands. For instance:
EPC predicted that there would be a continuous increase in the number and reasons for euthanasia after the Netherlands euthanasia lobby launched the mobile euthanasia teams.

The 2013 Belgian euthanasia report states that the number of reported euthanasia deaths increased by almost 26% in 2013 to 1807 reported deaths almost double 2010 when there were 954 reported euthanasia deaths.

2013 study published in the NEJM on March 19, 2015 found that in the Flanders region of Belgium 4.6% of all deaths were euthanasia and 1.7% of all deaths were hastened without explicit request. Therefore approximately 1000 deaths were hastened without explicit request in the Flanders region of Belgium in 2013.

Recently the chair of the federal euthanasia commission in Belgium stated that 50 - 60 psychiatric patients died by euthanasia in 2013 - 2014. A court challenge was launched last year based on one of the psychiatric patient that this doctor euthanized.

The 2014 Oregon assisted suicide report states that there was a 44% increase in assisted suicide deaths while the types of conditions for assisted suicide is also changing. In 2014 8.6% (9 deaths) were listed as "other illnesses" which included diabetes.

The 2013 Washington state assisted suicide report states that there was a 43% increase in assisted suicide deaths representing more than double the number of assisted suicide deaths since 2010.

1 comment:

Who Let Binding and Hoche back into Medicine???? said...

"no more would die, but fewer would suffer "-SNAP! Exactly the same phrase used by perverse death cult+old lady murderers, the Dignitas Gigolo's #dignityindying UK !

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