Tragic Lack of Treatment

A teenager in the Netherlands died by suicide as doctors looked on.  Three years earlier she had been raped and then experienced depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and anorexia.  But instead of getting treatment for these resultant conditions, she was allowed to refuse food and water, which ended her life.  Once a society accepts the killing of patients to eliminate their suffering, whether it be physical or psychological, there’s no end to the expansion of what qualifies.  This should send a chill up the spines of those living in states where physician-assisted euthanasia is legal.  Once that Pandora’s Box is opened, there is no stopping its expansion.  This latest example shows there are multiple ways to abandon despairing patients.

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