Report: Number of physicians who 'specialize' in suicide on the rise

Thursday, August 15, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

preparing syringe for injection vaccination 2The latest stats on assisted suicide in Washington State are revealing some disturbing trends.

One of the figures in the "2018 Death with Dignity Act Report" particularly disturbs Alex Schadenberg with the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition: among those people experiencing psychological problems, such as depression, but received assisted suicide, only four percent were referred for counseling.

"… These kinds of numbers show that they're really not concerned about people who need care or might be going through other difficulties at the end of life," he tells OneNewsNow. "This is about promoting assisted suicide and providing assisted suicide to people."

Schadenberg also notes the emergence of physicians who "specialize" in helping people end their lives … and the path the patient takes to get to them.

Schadenberg, Alex (EPC)"So this is the other thing that's going on – the whole concept of someone who may not qualify [for assisted suicide] from one physician, but the assisted suicide specialist is happy to do it," he laments.

He suggests people take a closer look at another statistic from the report.

"The 25-percent increase in the last year, in fact, [is part of] a 300-percent increase in the last ten years," he explains. "So the number of assisted suicides has been going up constantly; and in fact, this concept of this being for those hard cases – Oh, it's only going to be for the rare circumstances – is far from being the reality."

The EPC spokesman also notes that most patients who did kill themselves did not cite extreme pain as a reason for seeking a lethal dose. Instead, they cited such things as loss of autonomy, being less able to engage in enjoyable activities, loss of dignity, being a burden, and losing control of bodily functions.

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