Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Switzerland: 26% increase in assisted suicide deaths.

Alex Schadenberg
International Chair - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Swiss media are reporting that, according to the federal statistical office, the number of assisted suicide deaths increased by 26% in 2014. Swissinfo.ch reported:
The Federal Statistical Office reports that in 2014 Switzerland saw 742 cases of assisted suicide, more than 2.5 times as many as five years previously. In the latest statistics, assisted suicide accounted for 1.2% of all deaths in Switzerland that year. 
Men and women were nearly equally represented in the assisted suicide numbers, with ten out of 100,000 men and nine out of 100,000 women choosing to die in that way when spread out over Switzerland’s resident population. 
In 42% of cases, assisted suicides followed illnesses caused by cancer. Neurodegenerative disorders led to 14% of assisted suicides, followed by cardiovascular illnesses at 11% and musculoskeletal maladies at 10%.
Since there were 2.626,418 deaths in the United States in 2014, therefore legalizing assisted suicide throughout the US may result in 31,517 deaths annually.

Even though the Federal Statistical Office recently published this information, the data is not new. The Exit suicide clinic reported a 34% increase in 2015 with 782 assisted suicide deaths. Deaths from the other Swiss suicide clinics remain unknown.  The report from Exit suicide clinic indicated that of the assisted suicide deaths, 55% were women and 45% men in 2015.

Pietro D'Amico
In April 2013, Pietro D’Amico, a 62-year-old magistrate from Calabria Italy, died by assisted suicide at a suicide clinic in Basel Switzerland. His autopsy showed that he had a wrong diagnosis.

In February 2014, Oriella Cazzanello, an 85 year-old healthy woman died at a Swiss suicide clinic. The letter she sent her family stated that she was unhappy about how she looked.

In May 2014, the Exit suicide clinic extended assisted suicide to healthy elderly people who live with physical or psychological pain. This decision has led to an increase in assisted deaths.

A 2014 Swiss assisted suicide study found that 16% of people who died at Swiss suicide clinics had no underlying illness.

In August 2015 a healthy depressed British woman died by assisted suicide in Switzerland.

The Swiss assisted suicide statistics indicate that when assisted suicide is accepted that the number of deaths continually increase and the reasons for assisted suicide continually expand.

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