Climate of death: The collateral damage of legal suicide

Jun 11, 2019 by

By John Stonestreet and G. Shane Morris, Christian Post: Last week, international news outlets reported that a 17-year-old Dutch girl named Noa Pothoven legally secured a physician’s help in killing herself after years of battling trauma from childhood sexual assault and rape. This young woman, who had previously been hospitalized for extreme anorexia, underwent evaluations after requesting legal euthanasia. A few days before her death, she posted on Instagram that, “I’ve stopped eating and...

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The ethical nightmare we won’t confront

Jun 7, 2019 by

by Douglas Murray, UnHerd: […] The story broke of a 17-year old Dutch girl called Noa Pothoven who had been euthanased at an ‘end of life clinic’. In a number of countries (including Italy where I was at the time), this was front page news. It was obvious why: this is exactly the sort of story which epitomises the fear felt by those who oppose the introduction of euthanasia. Outrage swept through social media. But before the day was out, the story had been debunked. Local media reported...

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Dutch girl, 17, who wanted to be euthanised after trauma of childhood sex attack died after she stopped eating and drinking under medical supervision

Jun 6, 2019 by

from Mailonline: A Dutch teenager who was traumatised by a childhood sex attack starved to death at home after medics allowed her to refuse food and drink, it emerged today. Noa Pothoven, 17, who wrote a book about her long battle with anorexia, severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, died on Sunday. Medics supervised Noa, from Arnhem, after agreeing she could stop eating and drinking – but did not actively euthanise her, a Dutch minister and an end-of-life clinic said...

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Dutch girl, 17, legally ends her own life at euthanasia clinic

Jun 5, 2019 by

by Miranda Aldersley, Mailonline: A 17-year-old girl who was raped as a young child and felt she could no longer go on living has been legally euthanised at home with the help of an ‘end-of-life clinic’. Noa Pothoven died in a hospital bed in her living room after being granted the right to euthanasia in the Netherlands. The Dutch teenager from Arnhem felt that life had become unbearable and she could no longer carry on after she was attacked and sexually assaulted on three...

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The tragedy of Vincent Lambert

May 30, 2019 by

by Kevin Yuill, spiked: Vincent Lambert has become central to the right-to-die debate in France. His face has appeared in French media over the past six years as a symbol of a passionate argument over his future and the future of euthanasia law in France. Lambert, 42, a former nurse, has spent the past 11 years in a vegetative state since suffering severe brain damage from a 2008 motoring accident. His high-profile case, which pits his wife and five of his siblings against his devout Catholic...

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Is death by organ donation around the corner?

May 20, 2019 by

by Arthur Goldberg, MercatorNet: A frightening article by Dr E Wesley Ely of Vanderbilt University’s Medical Center, appeared in USA Today early this month in which he asked, “what if we euthanized patients by harvesting their organs?” Or, to make the issue crystal clear, another way to ask the question is: “Can we end a person’s life with their (or their family’s) informed consent by taking them to the operating room and, under general anesthesia, opening their chest and abdomen surgically...

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