Don’t make Oregon’s mistake:Ten reasons why the UK should not follow suit and legalise assisted suicide

first_imgCare Not Killing August 20151. There has been a steady increase in annual numbers of people undergoing assisted suicide in Oregon2. The Oregon health department is funding assisted suicide but not treatment for some cancer patients3. Patients are living for many years after having been prescribed lethal drugs for ‘terminal illness’ showing that the eligibility criteria are being stretched4. The vast majority of those choosing to kill themselves are doing so for existential reasons rather than on the basis of real medical symptoms5. Many people in Washington and Oregon give ‘fear of being a burden on others’ as a reason for ending their lives6. Fewer than three per cent of patients are being referred for formal psychiatric or psychological evaluation7. A substantial number of patients dying under the Oregon Act do not have terminal illnesses8. It is virtually certain that there is under-reporting of assisted suicide cases in Oregon9. Some doctors know the patient for less than a week before prescribing the lethal drugs10. The presence of no independent witnesses in over 80% of cases is a recipe for elder abuse—oregon.pdfREAD: DON’T MAKE OREGON’S MISTAKElast_img

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