Statistics from the Netherlands should serve as a warning to Quebec, Canada and France, and also to states in this country considering euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide.
The Netherlands has recorded increases annually in euthanasia since it was legalized, and 2012 was no different: a 13-percent increase which represents three percent of all deaths in the country. Fifty-five people with dementia or other psychiatric conditions died by euthanasia, including those with depression.
Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition tells OneNewsNow what's important, too, is what is not reported.
“What is missing is that in the major report that was done in 2010, which was a meta-analysis, they found that 23 percent of all the euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands were not reported,” says Schadenberg. “So therefore this is only the reported deaths. It's not the unreported deaths obviously, so therefore if you look at the total number of deaths it's much higher than that.”
The report also does not show the assisted suicide deaths so that would increase the 2012 total.
“What's very important is since 2006 the number of euthanasia deaths has more than doubled,” Schadenberg notes.
One more thing the report excludes is the deaths due to the Groningen Protocol in the Netherlands.
What is that?
“That's the protocol that allows for euthanasia for children who are born with disabilities,” says Schadenberg. “So we don't actually know those numbers.”
To make it even more convenient for its citizens, the Netherlands launched six mobile euthanasia teams, taking death squads into their homes.