...Regulating death is terrible politics. And so death goes unregulated. But the dearth of debate and discussion doesn't eliminate assisted suicide. Instead, it pushes it into the shadows, where doctors will only admit anonymously to helping patients end their own lives.
Surveys of oncologists show that some cancer doctors, when asked anonymously, will admit to helping patients die. A heavily-cited 2000 survey of more than 3,000 doctors, published in the Lancet, found one in seven oncologists had "carried out euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide."