Beginning with the first, short-lived experiment with a law permitting euthanasia, which was conducted in the Northern Territory in 1996-1997, there are seventeen jurisdictions which have (or had) a scheme permitting either euthanasia or assisted suicide or both.
For other jurisdictions considering whether or not to legalise assisted suicide or euthanasia these seventeen jurisdictions can usefully be seen as a series of seventeen experiments in attempting to create the much vaunted “safe” regime for assisted suicide or euthanasia.
The data from each of these live laboratory experiments is – to say the least – patchy. Some of the regimes, while boasting of their “safety” seem deliberately designed to so minimise the collection and publication of data as to make it intrinsically impossible ever to know if, and how often, things go wrong.
Nonetheless a careful scrutiny of all the available data on the seventeen experiments leads to the conclusion that they are all – in various ways – fatally flawed.
None of the seventeen regimes that have so far been tried or designed excludes wrongful deaths.