Suicide rates higher in countries that legalized euthanasia
Nations that have legalized assisted suicide or euthanasia have higher rates of “self-initiated” suicides, a result that some experts contend has been a predictable side effect of making it legal for people to end their lives in certain circumstances.
A recent study, “Does Legalizing Assisted Suicide Make Things Better Or Worse?” published earlier this month by the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, derived its conclusion from multiple studies in Europe and North America.
The studies found that the rates of self-inflicted suicides increased alongside the number of physician-assisted suicide deaths. The study found that women were the most likely to die by self-inflicted suicide in jurisdictions that have permitted euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Wesley J. Smith, chair and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism, a conservative think-tank, said he doesn’t find the study’s results surprising.