LifeNews 2 June 2015
The leader of the New Zealand euthanasia lobby told the Dominion Post that if euthanasia were legalized:
“no more would die, but fewer would suffer … there is absolutely no evidence to support this in the experience of European countries and American states.”
But if we examine the statement of Jack Havill, the leader of the Euthanasia Society of New Zealand, the quote is clearly false and misleading.
In Belgium, the Netherlands, Oregon and Washington state, the number of assisted deaths has significantly increased and have been accompanied by a growth in reasons why lethal doses are injected. To avoid the accusation of fear mongering, I will simply provide the data.
The Netherlands 2013 euthanasia statistics state that there were 4,829 reported euthanasia deaths, representing an increase of 15% over 2012 and more than double the number of deaths since 2008 when there were 2,331 reported euthanasia deaths.
There were also 42 euthanasia deaths for people with psychiatric problems and 97 euthanasia deaths for people with dementia in the Netherlands.