A Belgian man is seeking euthanasia under his country’s liberal euthanasia laws. The 39-year-old gay man, known only as “Sebastien,” stated that his psychological struggles and sexuality are too much to bear and have driven him to pursue death, the Daily Mail reported.
Sebastien is currently undergoing medical assessments to determine if his request is in compliance with the country’s laws, according to the report. Three physicians must approve the death by lethal injection before he can proceed.
Like the majority of individuals who seek this drastic measure, Sebastien has a history of depression and psychological issues. He described his struggle to BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire, explaining that he has had 17 years of counseling, therapy and medication.
“I was extremely lonely, very inhibited physically – scared to go out, hugely shy. I didn’t want to be gay,” he said. “I have always thought about death. It is a permanent suffering, like being a prisoner in my own body. A constant sense of shame.”
Last year, the country saw over 2,000 recorded euthanasia cases, according to the report. The question of providing euthanasia to those who struggle with their sexuality is highly disputed among Belgian doctors, the report states.
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Sadly, there are many mentally ill individuals who view death as the only solution to their difficulties. However, euthanasia is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Depression is a condition that can be treated.
The danger in legalizing euthanasia is that it targets healthy people who need help, not death. There are countless examples of the mentally ill receiving death over treatment and rehabilitation. In one example, a 20-something sexual abuse victim was euthanized last year in Holland after doctors convinced her that her case was hopeless. In 2014, Holland reported 45 euthanasia deaths of mentally ill patients, LifeNews reported.
Rather than encourage death by making it more accessible, physicians ought to direct their efforts toward effectively treating their patients and honoring their lives.