This article is a re-post from the Careful section of the MercatorNet website and is by Paul Russell 4th November 2016
There were nearly three times the number of expected deaths.
The recently released first report on the operation of Quebec’s euthanasia & assisted suicide law should make everyone stop and think. There were three times the expected number of deaths with 8% (21 cases) being non-compliant with the law.
People could argue that the numbers themselves (262 deaths in seven months) as compared with what some people, including the Quebec Health Minister, expected, (100 deaths in the first year) is simply a matter of the inexactitude of a “best guess”.
At a distance it is difficult to confirm, but the “100 in the first year” forecast by Barrette may also have been a number thrown around during the debate on the enabling legislation and possibly with the addition of “only”. The debate seems always to be about “only”.
At this stage it is more the 8% non-compliance that should scare us.