By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Editor’s note. The following is excerpted from a post at alexschadenberg.blogspot.com
Mr. Schadenberg begins by referencing a recent video on Vision TV that strongly promoting the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide.
When the euthanasia law is abused, it means that someone has died, who didn’t request it, who may have been coerced into it, who was depressed or mentally ill, or one of many scenario’s that occur.
To state that euthanasia, in the few jurisdictions where it is legal, has not been abused is a lie, and to suggest that euthanasia would not be abused in Canada is to suggest that we live in a utopia, which we do not.
Legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide is not safe and the negative outcome is lethal.
A few facts:
In Belgium, one study found that 32% of the assisted deaths were done without request.
Another Belgian study found that only 53% of the assisted deaths were reported and 73% of the reported assisted deaths fulfilled the requirements of the euthanasia law and .
A Netherlands study found that 23% of all assisted deaths are not reported. Euthanasia in the Netherlands has been extended to psychiatric conditions. In 2013, euthanasia for psychiatric reasons occurred 45 times.
Recently a former leader of a euthanasia group in the Netherlands stated that the Netherlands euthanasia law has derailed.
A study from Switzerland found that in 16% of the assisted suicide deaths, the person who died had no physical illness.
Some real life stories
A healthy woman, who was becoming blind, died by euthanasia in the Netherlands because she thought that it would be intolerable to live without knowing if her clothes were clean.
A depressed woman died by euthanasia in Belgium, even after her psychiatrist thought that treatment was possible.
There are many more stories and studies that prove how legalizing euthanasia will have tragic, lethal outcomes.
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has found that when people learn more about euthanasia and its consequences, they become more opposed to it.
Society needs to improve how we care for people, rather than approving how to kill people.