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," Schadenberg details.
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.