By Wesley Smith
The bogus Oregon death with dignity assisted suicide statistics are out, and the numbers are up again.
According to the report–based on physician self-reporting–in 2014, 105 people overdosed themselves with drugs obtained via a doctor’s prescription (usually, facilitated in some way by the suicide pushers at Compassion and Choices.)
Meanwhile, in CA an assisted suicide bill has been filed–looser than Oregon’s–that I will analyze in detail when I have more time.
And that got me to thinking (which is always dangerous, I know): Suicide pushers claim that their agenda is no big deal because the numbers who kill themselves in Oregon are relatively small.
But Oregon’s population is only about 10% of California’s (37.7 million versus 3.8 million).
If California’s assisted suicide numbers were the same as Oregon’s, more than 1000 people would commit assisted suicide each year. That’s roughly 85 a month, or nearly 3 every day.
That number would steadily rise as people came desensitized to doctor-prescribed death.
Currently, about 3300 Californians commit suicide each year. Add the assisted suicides, and there would be a 1/3 increase, to about 4300 per year (although the legislation would require doctors to lie on death certificates by stating that the demises were caused by underlying disease rather than overdose).