September 26, 2016
Will safeguards protect you from euthanasia and assisted suicide?
We are told that persons should have the right to control or choose the moment of their death. Yet euthanasia in reality and practice sometimes means that someone else will decide when you die. This happens in Holland and Belgium where euthanasia is legal in spite of supposed safeguards. Physicians will intentionally cause the death of the patient without’s the patient’s consent or request.
In 2013 more than 1,000 patients were killed by euthanasia without explicit request or consent in Flanders, Belgium. Once euthanasia is permitted, inevitably we descend in time into the nightmarish world on non-voluntary euthanasia. Euthanasia and assisted suicide offer the illusion of control and autonomy.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on March 2015 on the practice of euthanasia in the Flanders region of Belgium in 2013 found that euthanasia deaths without explicit request were 1.7% of all deaths. In numbers, this amounts to approximately 1,047 deaths hastened without explicit request.
Study at http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMc1414527
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