Shocking Report Shows Almost 6,100 People Were Killed in Assisted Suicide in the Netherlands Last Year

International   |   Alex Schadenberg   |   Apr 17, 2017   |   2:48PM   |   Washington, DC

The Dutch News reported that the number of reported assisted deaths increased by 10% in 2016 with 6091 reported assisted deaths, representing 4% of all deaths in the Netherlands up from 5561 reported assisted deaths in 2015.

Since 2006, there has been a 317% increase in euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands.

Every five years the Netherlands conducts a major study on euthanasia. The 2010 study that was published in the Lancet (July 2012) indicated that 23% of all assisted deaths were unreported in the Netherlands. If this trend continued, that may have been 1400 unreported assisted deaths in 2016.

There was also an increase in euthanasia deaths based on dementia or psychiatric reasons. There were 141 people who died by euthanasia based on dementia in 2016, up from 109 the previous year. There were 60 people who died by euthanasia for psychiatric reasons in 2016, up from 56 the previous year.

In 2016, there were 10 cases referred by a Regional Euthanasia Control and Evaluation Commission for investigation.

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Netherlands euthanasia news stories in 2016:

In January 2016, the Netherlands decided to extend euthanasia to people with severe dementia.

A study published on Feb 10, 2016 in the Journal of Psychiatry concerning euthanasia for psychiatric reasons in the Netherlands uncovered significant concerns. According to researcher Scott Kim:

in one EAS case, a woman who died by euthanasia was in her 70s without health problems had decided, with her husband, that they would not live without each other. After her husband died, she lived a life described as a “living hell” that was “meaningless.”

A consultant reported that this woman “did not feel depressed at all. She ate, drank and slept well. She followed the news and undertook activities.”

In April a dentist admitted to assisting the suicide of his wife.

In May, the Netherlands euthanasia clinic lethally injected a woman who was sexually abused as a child.

In October, the Netherlands government stated that it planned to extend euthanasia to people who are not sick or dying but claim to have a “completed life.” Recently, the Dutch Medical Association opposed changing the euthanasia law.

In November, a Dutch journalist reported that he was writing a book about his brother who died by euthanasia based on chronic alcoholism.

In January 2017, a Netherlands Regional euthanasia Review Committee decided that a forced euthanasia done on a woman with dementia, where the doctor sedated the woman by secretly putting the drugs in her coffee and having the family hold her down to enable the lethal injection, did not follow the rules but found that it was done in “good faith.”

The Netherlands euthanasia law continues to expand. Once the law allows one person to kill another person, then the line has been crossed and the only remaining question is – who can be killed? Note: Alex Schadenberg is the executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and you can read his blog here.