The AP reported some disturbing news yesterday:
The commission that vets cases of euthanasia in the Netherlands says cases rose by 13 percent in the Netherlands in 2012 from 2011, the sixth consecutive year of increases.
Doctor-administered euthanasia for terminally ill people facing unbearable suffering was legalized in the Netherlands in 2002. For several years, the reported number of cases declined, but since 2006 they have risen steadily. In 2012, 4,188 cases were recorded, or approximately 3 percent of all deaths in the Netherlands – a record, and up from 1,923 in 2006.
The definite reasons for the consistent increases are unknown. But it is tragic to think that doctors use death to replace suffering. Further, these statistics may indicate that the law is beginning to influence the culture.