Sunday, January 30, 2011

Legal Euthanasia Under-Reported, Open To Abuse

EU experience shows that "what if we only allow..." approach doesn't work. Euthanasia guidelines are open to abuse, expanding the wholesale killing of innocent people even further:
A study published in the Oct. 5 British Medical Journal found that nearly half of all euthanasia deaths in the Flanders region of Belgium were not reported. This study combined with the recent study that was published in the CMAJ in May 2010 that indicated that 32 per cent of all euthanasia deaths in the Flanders region of Belgium were without request or consent suggests that the Belgium euthanasia model is out-of-control.
The authors of the BMJ study analysed the death certificates in the Flanders Region of Belgium. After determining that the death was related to euthanasia, the authors of the study sent a five page questionnaire to the treating physician. The physicians were guaranteed total anonymity and asked to respond to the questionnaire.

The study determined that euthanasia deaths were reported 52.8 per cent of the time, even though reporting is a requirement of the law. The most recent study in the Netherlands from that country’s Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport indicated that the euthanasia deaths were reported 80.2 per cent of the time.
Euthanasia bill was defeated in the House of Commons, but there are still attempts to sneak it through the back door on a provincial level; especially in Quebec. The above mentioned study clearly demonstrates what there is to expect if direct actions that intentionally cause another person's death are made legal.

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