Netherlands 2014 euthanasia report - another 10% increase

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The 2014 Netherlands euthanasia report was released indicating that there was another 10% increase in assisted deaths. There were also 41 assisted deaths for psychiatric reasons and 81 assisted deaths for dementia. The term assisted death refers to deaths by euthanasia and assisted suicide.

The 2014 report stated that there were reported 5306 assisted deaths up from 4829 reported assisted deaths in 2013. These numbers do not include the unreported assisted deaths.

Every five year the Netherlands has a meta-analysis euthanasia study. In 2010 the Lancet study indicated that 23% of all assisted deaths were unreported in the Netherlands.

The number of assisted deaths in the Netherlands continues to increase.

Last year, Theo Boer, a Dutch ethicist, and a 9 year member of a Netherlands regional euthanasia review committee, changed his mind about euthanasia.

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