Alex Schadenberg


Legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide is not safe. Patient safety must come first.

Mon Aug 26, 2013 - 11:13 am EST
Official studies in the Netherlands and Belgium indicate euthanasia deaths occur without request and abuses of the law are common.
When researching statistics on euthanasia and assisted suicide it is interesting how the euthanasia lobby has created their own studies to cover up the reality of "assisted death" in countries where it has been legalized.
Recent studies on the Belgian euthanasia law indicate that a significant number of “assisted deaths” are occurring without request. A study published in the CMAJ - June 2010 found that 32% of all assisted deaths in the Flanders region of Belgium were done without request.
Another study published in the BMJ – Nov 2010 found that 47% of the assisted deaths in the Flanders region of Belgium were not reported.
The meta-analysis study of the practice of euthanasia in the Netherlands, in 2010, that was published in the Lancet – July 2012 found that 23% of the assisted deaths in the Netherlands were not reported and 192 assisted deaths were done without request.
A study published in the CMAJ – June 2010 examining the role of nurses with euthanasia in Belgium found that nurses were euthanizing patients, and two nurses admitted to euthanizing a patient without consulting a doctor, even though the law limits the act of euthanasia to doctors.
The data from these studies prove that the assisted deaths that are done without request, the assisted deaths that are done by nurses are the same assisted deaths that are not reported.

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Since the studies on euthanasia that were done by proponents of euthanasia are limited to the "assisted deaths" that are reported, these studies create a false sense of security.
The deaths without request and the abuses of the law are usually not reported.
The fact is that legalizing euthanasia and/or assisted suicide is unsafe and the studies from the jurisdictions that examined all deaths, prove it.
Giving doctors the power to directly and intentionally cause your death assumes that all doctors are ethical and all acts will be done within the law. This is a big assumption.
Euthanasia and assisted suicide must remain prohibited out of a concern for patient safety.
Reprinted with permssion from Alex Schadenberg

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