Since euthanasia was legalised in 2002 there has not been one attempt to prosecute for abuses of the euthanasia law.
In addition to this the study shows there was a 25% increase in the number of assisted deaths in Belgium in 2012.
If you had a disease where the prognosis is not straightforward, dementia or a chronic but not terminal disease, then you would not meet the criteria; attempts to extend the law further would be almost inevitable.
Assisted suicide is not a private act and there is a real risk that a ‘right to die’ may soon become a ‘duty to die’.
Instead of giving freedom to patients, euthanasia and assisted suicide is about giving other people the legal power to end another person’s life. Friends, relatives, healthcare staff and society are hugely affected by the wider ramifications of the process.
Journalist and author George Pitcher has said that any change in the law would have .” Increased autonomy would apply only if you met all the criteria to be eligible.
Further, in a recent survey by The Economist Britain was ranked first in the world for quality end-of-life care.
The survey took in 40 OECD and non-OECD countries, including the USA, the Netherlands, Germany and France.
Some would face the added risk of coercion by others who might stand to gain from their deaths.
Fear and anxiety would be promoted rather than Individual autonomy.