Speaking of human sacrifice, the government of the Netherlands has helped a young woman commit suicide because psychiatrists decided that her condition was hopeless.
Somehow or other, this sexual abuse victim was deemed competent to choose to end her life, despite her apparently incurable mental anguish. One hastens to mention that if psychiatrists are convinced that your condition is hopeless, this must contribute to your own conviction that your condition is hopeless.
Here, psychiatry is as much the problem as the solution.
Of course, the woman was in her twenties. There is no real basis for believing that her condition can never improve. In truth, she had shown some signs of progress already. Nevertheless, she had persuaded her psychiatrists that her life was not worth living. That they acquiesced and that the government of the Netherlands allows such things is appalling. Don't you think that these psychiatrists and perhaps the profession itself in the Netherlands should be investigated?
The Daily Mail reports the story:
A former victim of child sex abuse has ended her life under Dutch euthanasia laws because she could not live with her mental suffering.
The woman, in her twenties, was given a lethal injection after doctors and psychiatrists decided that her post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions were incurable.
It went ahead despite improvements in the woman's psychological condition after 'intensive therapy' two years ago, and even though doctors in the Netherlands accept that a demand for death from a psychiatric patient may be no more than a cry for help.
The woman, who has not been named, began to suffer from mental disorders 15 years ago following sexual abuse, according to the papers released by the Dutch Euthanasia Commission. The timescale means she was abused between the ages of five and 15.
News of her death angered anti-euthanasia MPs and disability campaigners in Britain. One Labour MP said it meant sex abuse victims were now being punished with death.