Euthanasia: The Move from Terminal Illness to a Hard Life

The Netherlands, a leader in legalized euthanasia, has seen a sharp increase in the number of people choosing to end their own lives due to mental health problems.

In 2010, just two people ended their lives due to an "insufferable" mental illness. In 2015? It leaped to 56.

In one case, universally labeled "controversial" even by Netherlands standards, a sexual abuse victim in her 20s was allowed to go ahead with the procedure on the grounds she was suffering from "incurable" PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

Even so, a Dutch psychiatrist said that his colleagues are "too hesitant" about agreeing to euthanize such patients. He argues that even children as young as 12 who ask to end their lives should be taken seriously.

To quote: "Euthanasia is a good death by the wish of the person who dies and no one else. It is an execution of the wish of a patient." Even if the reason is that they are "tired of life."

Translation: autonomous individual freedom is the final word, regardless of the situation and regardless of the age.

Even if it means assisted suicide.

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