Britain warned, as euthanasia rate in the Netherlands soars

By October 7, 2014 Recent News

The Christian Institute 6 October 2014
Euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands have risen by 151 per cent over the last seven years, prompting fears about “steady extension” if Britain legalises assisted suicide.
According to Dutch media reports, the number of euthanasia deaths last year increased by 15 per cent to 4,829, compared to 4,188 in 2012.
Last year, 3,600 people in the Netherlands were euthanised because they had cancer, and there were 42 reports of euthanasia due to severe psychiatric problems, compared with 14 in 2012 and 13 in 2011.euthanasia dutch rates graph
In 97 euthanasia cases, dementia was the reason given. These patients were mainly in the early stage of the condition, when they were able to communicate properly their wish to die.
Dr Peter Saunders, Campaign Director of Care Not Killing, commented: “What we are seeing in the Netherlands is ‘incremental extension’, the steady intentional escalation of numbers with a gradual widening of the categories of patients to be included.”
He highlighted statistics from Switzerland and Belgium, which show similar steep increases in cases of assisted suicide since the practice was legalised.