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Dutch doctors euthanize sex abuse victim because of ‘incurable’ mental suffering

Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

May 11, 2016 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A woman in her twenties suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome resulting from sexual abuse was euthanized by doctors at her request last year after they declared that her suffering was “incurable,” according to a recent article in Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper.

The woman, whose identity has not been released, was determined to be competent to choose euthanasia, despite suffering from “severe anorexia, chronic depression and suicidal mood swings, tendencies to self-harm, hallucinations, obsessions and compulsions,” according to the Mail.

The sexual abuse that lay at the root of the problem seems to have occurred between the ages of five and fifteen. During her late teen years doctors declared her psychological damage “incurable,” but following a second opinion the girl was given psychological therapy, which doctors characterized as “temporarily partially successful.”

After the woman’s symptoms returned, doctors approved her euthanasia by lethal injection, paradoxically claiming that she was competent to decide because there was “no major depression or other mood disorder which affected her thinking.”

In 2002 the Netherlands became the first European country since Nazi Germany to decriminalize the practice of euthanasia. The Nazis pioneered the practice with their infamous “T4” program, which killed tens of thousands of handicapped, mentally ill, and others deemed unworthy of life, and provided a precedent for death camps such as Auschwitz and Dachau.

The Dutch decriminalization has been expanded since 2002 to include the mentally ill and those suffering from dementia. Children as young as 12 years old can request euthanasia with the support of their parents, and the Dutch Pediatric Association is publicly advocating the elimination of any minimum age to request it. More than 5,000 people are killed by their physicians or commit suicide with their help every year, according to official statistics.

A study of the Netherlands program published in February of this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that in the majority of the cases they studied, those who sought euthanasia were motivated by “loneliness” or “social isolation.”

In the last four years the number of people euthanized in the Netherlands for mental disorders has quadrupled from 13 to 56. 

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