On both sides of the debate on assisted dying, some arguments can be found that are supported by facts and others that are contradicted by facts. This is shown in a new report from the Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics (Smer).
The report is a broad inventory of the current knowledge on assisted dying, with a focus on research and statistics from jurisdictions where assisted dying in some form is allowed. The emphasis in on the so-called Oregon model, introduced in Oregon in 1997 and currently legal in a number of American states. This model has dominated the Swedish debate on assisted dying in recent years.
The purpose of the report is to promote a more fact-based debate on assisted dying. Smer does not take a stand on assisted dying in the report.
An English translation of the report will shortly be published.
The Swedish report can be found here.