By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
The Swiss statistics office reported that 965 assisted suicide deaths were reported in 2015 up from 742 in 2014, a 30% increase. (Earlier media reports suggested that there had been 999 Swiss assisted suicide deaths in 2015.)
There were 86 reported assisted suicide deaths in 2000.
The Swiss statistics indicate that 539 women and 426 men died by assisted suicide. This compares to 279 women and 792 men who died by suicide (not assisted).
There were 67,606 total Swiss deaths in 2015.
According to Expatica.com news the number of assisted suicide deaths in Swiss nursing homes, by the Exit suicide clinic, increased from 10 deaths in 2007 to 92 in 2015.
The news service reported that the Swiss association for ethics and medicine found this trend alarming and stated:
“To end lives in this way gives it [the practice of assisted suicide] an institutional seal of approval.”
In August 2015 a healthy depressed British woman died by assisted suicide in Switzerland.
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’d been incorrectedly diagnosed.
A 2014 Swiss assisted suicide study found that 16% of the people who died at Swiss assisted suicide clinics had no underlying illness.
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.
The Swiss assisted suicide statistics prove that when assisted suicide is accepted then deaths by assisted suicide will continue to increase and the reasons for assisted suicide will expand.
Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.