Euthanasia for PTSD Completes ISIS Terroristic Act

By Wesley J. Smith

A woman who survived an ISIS bombing in Brussels uninjured has been euthanized because of the PTSD the terrorism caused. From the Daily Mail story:

Shanti De Corte, 23, was walking through the departures lounge of the Belgian airport in Zaventem on March 22, 2016 with her school classmates ahead of a trip to Italy when Islamic State terrorists detonated a bomb.

The then 17-year-old escaped the explosion, which together with two other detonations claimed 32 lives and injured more than 300, without suffering any physical wounds.

But the psychological effects of the ordeal left her wracked by constant panic attacks and bouts of dark depression from which she never managed to emerge.

Despite attending a psychiatric hospital in her home town of Antwerp for rehabilitation and taking a range of anti-depressant medications, Shanti was unable to shake the spectre of depression and attempted suicide on two different occasions in 2018 and 2020.

Earlier this year, the troubled young woman opted to be euthanised — a procedure which is legal in Belgium, and died on May 7, 2022 after two psychiatrists approved her request.

In other words, we could say that the psychiatrists completed the terroristic act that ISIS started when it bombed the airport. (No word on whether De Corte’s organs were harvested, which sometimes is conjoined with euthanasia of the mentally ill and depressed because their organs are considered very viable.)

This is only the latest of many examples of Belgian psychiatrists opting to kill depressed patients rather than help them struggle on.

  • Godelieva de Troyer was euthanized by an oncologist as a treatment for her severe depression. Her son, Th0mas Mortier, first heard of the killing when he was called by the hospital morgue to pick up his mother’s body. He sued in the European Court of Human Rights and gained a partial victory that Belgium had not conducted a proper investigation of the homicide.
  • Nathan Verhelst, distraught at the results of transition surgery, was lethally injected as a palliative for his anguish.
  • An anorexic patient whose own psychiatrist sexually predated her was euthanized by a different psychiatrist because of the trauma of the abuse.
  • An elderly woman was euthanized for grief after her daughter died of a heart attack.
  • A healthy elderly couple who “feared for the future” were euthanized together, killings arranged by their son who said he could not care for them.

This is the consequence of turning doctor-committed homicide/assisted suicide into legal “treatments.” Eventually, the killing takes on a life of its own, and the causes of suffering that qualify one to be made dead never stop expanding.

Editor’s note. Wesley’s great columns appear on National Review Online. Reposted with permission.