By Wesley J. Smith
Euthanasia advocates claim it is “compassion.” But it is really abandonment most foul.
A teenager, who was raped by two men when she was 14, will never live to adulthood or overcome the severe depression the attack caused. Instead, she was euthanized as a “treatment” for her anorexia, and severe PTSD.
From the News.com.AU story:
Noa Pothoven, 17, has been legally euthanised in the Netherlands, saying the pain she was dealing with after a childhood rape was “insufferable”.
Noa, from Arnhem, said in a social media post a day before her death last Sunday that she “breaths but no longer lives”.
Noa wrote an autobiography called Winning or Learning, which details her battles with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anorexia after being molested and raped as a young child. “I deliberated for quite a while whether or not I should share this, but decided to do it anyway,” she wrote.
“Maybe this comes as a surprise to some, given my posts about hospitalisation, but my plan has been there for a long time and is not impulsive.
No word as to whether her organs were harvested as sometimes happens after a doctor commits lethal-injection homicide on psychiatric patients in the Netherlands.
This is where all assisted suicide/euthanasia legalization laws eventually lead.
Once a society accepts killing is an acceptable way to eliminate human suffering, there is no limit as to the categories of suffering that will eventually justify eliminating the sufferer.
Those with eyes to see, let them see.
Editor’s note. Wesley’s great columns appear at National Review Online and are reposted with his permission.