Since euthanasia was legalised in 2002 there has not been one attempt to prosecute for abuses of the euthanasia law.
In addition to this the study shows there was a 25% increase in the number of assisted deaths in Belgium in 2012.
Changing the law to allow euthanasia or assisted suicide will inevitably put pressure on vulnerable people to end their lives for fear of being a financial, emotional or care burden upon others.
This would especially affect people who are disabled, elderly, sick or depressed.
In Oregon (where assisted suicide was legalised in 1997) the law has led to patients ‘doctor shopping’ for willing practitioners, using doctors who have minimal knowledge of their past.
In 2008, 50 per cent of patients requesting suicide were assisted to die by a doctor who had been their physician for eight weeks or less.
If you had a disease where the prognosis is not straightforward, dementia or a chronic but not terminal disease, then you would not meet the criteria; attempts to extend the law further would be almost inevitable.
Assisted suicide is not a private act and there is a real risk that a ‘right to die’ may soon become a ‘duty to die’.
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Shouldn’t patients have the right to end their lives?