Euthanasia

Emelina Montanez

Euthanasia Statistics

86% percent of the public supports euthanasia for the terminally ill/ on life support
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54% of medical practitioners support Euthanasia
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Their is 4 countries that openly and legally authorize active assistance of "killing". (Oregon,Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands)
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130,000 is the reported number of people euthanized each year at the Liverpool Care for the Dying Patient
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Oregon's Death with Dignity Act

Oregon's Death with Dignity Act has been in place since late 1997 and has served as a model for other states. From 1997 through 2012,1,050 Oregon patients received lethal prescriptions and 673 patients went on to kill themselves, according to the Oregon Health Authority (based on reported cases) ; the annual number of deaths has risen almost every year.
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The American Medical Association's Journal of Internal Medicine published an article this year that shows that in The Netherlands 3.3 per cent (one in 30) of deaths were by euthanasia in 2013, three times the percentage in 2002.
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In Flanders, Belgium 4.6 per cent (one in 24) deaths were by euthanasia in 2013, up from 1.9 per cent in 2007.
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Physician aid in dying (PAD), or assisted suicide, is legal in the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Vermont and Bernalillo County, New Mexico; its status is disputed in Montana. The key difference between euthanasia and PAD is who administers the lethal dose of medication.
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For every 5 people euthanized, 1 is euthanized without having given explicit consent. Attempts at bringing those cases to trial have failed, providing evidence that the judicial system has become more tolerant over time of such transgressions
Despite those safeguards, more than 500 people in the Netherlands are euthanized involuntarily every year. In 2005, a total of 2410 deaths by euthanasia or pas were reported, representing 1.7% of all deaths in the Netherlands. More than 560 people (0.4% of all deaths) were administered lethal substances without having given explicit consent.
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In a recent study in Flanders, 120 nurses reported having cared for a patient who received life-ending drugs without explicit request 15. Nurses performed the euthanasia in 12% of the cases and in 45% of the cases without explicit consent. In many instances, the physicians were absent.
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