As expected, euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands have become
more frequent, and that pattern will likely continue.
The latest figures from 2011 show an 18-percent increase in
euthanasia, but Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) tells
OneNewsNow that is only the tip of the iceberg.
"Once again the problem is that they only show the
reported deaths; and for those who follow the issue, they realize
that last year a major report came out on 2010, which also showed
that 23 percent of all euthanasia deaths are not reported,"
The report is also missing the assisted suicide deaths. The EPC
spokesman contends the future does not bode well, as more increases
are expected. He points to mobile euthanasia clinics, which send
six units to people's homes to assist them in committing suicide.
Psychiatric patients are also being euthanized.
"In 2010, they reported two psychiatric patients died by
euthanasia in the Netherlands, and in 2011, it was 13," the
pro-lifer notes. "Now you may say, 'Alex -- that's not that big a
number.' But wait a second -- the other side keeps telling us it's
all about free choice. When was it a free choice for psychiatric
patients to be dying by euthanasia?"
The question is whether mental patients are competent enough to
make the decision.
Schadenberg warns that euthanasia is out of control in the
Netherlands and elsewhere.