Woman Dealing With Depression, Anorexia Euthanized When Doctors Decide She Can’t be Cured

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 11, 2016   |   7:01PM   |   Amsterdam, Netherlands

Holland allowed a 20-something sexual abuse victim to be euthanized last year after doctors convinced her that treatment for her mental disorders was hopeless, according to The Daily Mail.

Euthanasia is a rampant problem in the Netherlands where it has been legal since 1973. Numerous reports indicate on-going abuses, including the killing of infants, the disabled and elderly without their consent.

Mentally ill patients also have been targeted for euthanasia. In the most recent case, the young woman was a victim of sexual assault who struggled with severe mental disorders, including post-traumatic stress, anorexia, chronic depression and hallucinations, according to the report. Along with being suicidal, she also had physical difficulties that kept her bedridden most of the time, the report states.

One psychiatrist told the young woman that her case had “no prospect or hope… The patient experienced her suffering as unbearable.” Despite a second doctor’s more positive outlook on her condition and recommendations for intense therapy, the young woman apparently gave up hope and allowed doctors to euthanize her about a year ago in Holland.

The Dutch Euthanasia Commission only recently released documents about her death, the report states.

Here is more from the report:

It went ahead despite improvements in the woman’s psychological condition after ‘intensive therapy’ two years ago, and even though doctors in the Netherlands accept that a demand for death from a psychiatric patient may be no more than a cry for help.

The woman, who has not been named, began to suffer from mental disorders 15 years ago following sexual abuse, according to the papers released by the Dutch Euthanasia Commission. The timescale means she was abused between the ages of five and 15.

… However, the papers also disclosed that two years before her death the woman’s doctors called for a second opinion, and on the advice of the new doctors she had an intensive course of trauma therapy. ‘This treatment was temporarily partially successful,’ the documents said.

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Treatment was abandoned last year after independent consultants were called in and said the case was hopeless.

The consultants also said that despite her ‘intolerable’ physical and mental suffering, chronic depression and mood swings, she was entirely competent to make the decision to take her own life.

The patient, they said, was ‘totally competent’ and there was ‘no major depression or other mood disorder which affected her thinking’. A final GP’s report approved the ‘termination of life’ order and the woman was killed by an injection of lethal drugs, the report said.

The report of the young woman’s death horrified disability rights advocates. Most disability rights groups oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia because they devalue the lives of vulnerable people with physical and mental disabilities and open the door for numerous abuses.

“It is both horrifying and worrying that mental health professionals could regard euthanasia in any form as an answer to the complex and deep wounds that result from sexual abuse,” Nikki Kenward, a spokeswoman for the disability rights group Distant Voices, told The Daily Mail.

In a 2014 column for the National Review, pro-life writer Wesley J. Smith pointed out the deceptive, life-destroying agenda of euthanasia advocates.

Smith wrote that they must “stop pretending assisted suicide is about terminal illness and admit it is much more about disability–which is why the disability rights movement remains so opposed as they are the primary targets.  It is about allowing killing as an acceptable answer to many causes of suffering, whether terminal or chronic disease, disability, mental illness, or existential despair.”

Some U.S. states also have begun allowing assisted suicide, calling it “death with dignity” and claiming it relieves the suffering of terminally ill people by allowing them to decide when they die. In October, California became the fourth state to legalize assisted suicide. However, these laws are opening the door to a host of human rights abuses, similar to what is happening in the Netherlands.

Holland’s abusive euthanasia laws began similarly, attorney Anne McTavish pointed out:

We don’t need to speculate. The Netherlands has already gone down this slippery slope and provided the grizzly statistics that should stop us going down the same path.

A 1973 court decision in the Netherlands started the process. Doctors and lawyers set strict guidelines to restrict when doctors could assist a terminally ill patient who wanted to commit suicide, and to protect a terminally ill patient who didn’t want to be euthanized (i.e., killed).

“In only 23 years, Dutch doctors have gone from being permitted to kill the terminally ill who ask for it, to killing the chronically ill who ask for it, to killing newborn babies in their cribs because they have birth defects, even though by definition they cannot ask for it. Dutch doctors also engage in involuntary euthanasia without significant legal consequence, even though such activity is officially prohibited,” writes Wesley J. Smith in Forced Exit: The Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder.