Sex abuse victim in her 20s allowed by doctors to choose euthanasia due to ‘incurable’ PTSD

This article raises interesting questions around who has the right to euthanasia. Often people think of elderly or people with illnesses such as cancer as those “worthy” of euthanasia. What of those with psychological trauma? Furthermore, who gets to decide whether a person is worthy of legally ending their own life?

The right to die

“Doctors should be allowed to help the suffering and terminally ill to die when they choose.

“One fear is that assisted dying will be foisted on vulnerable patients, bullied by rogue doctors, grasping relatives, miserly insurers or a cash-strapped state. Experience in Oregon, which has had a law since 1997, suggests otherwise. Those who choose assisted suicide are in fact well-educated, insured and receiving palliative care. They are motivated by pain, as well as the desire to preserve their own dignity, autonomy and pleasure in life.”

Stigma Around Physician-Assisted Dying Lingers

“But in the realms of politics, medical ethics, religion and technological innovation, the reality is that death is far, very far, from nothing at all. It is the source of challenging legal and moral questions, perhaps none more searing than whether doctors ought to be permitted to usher incurably ill patients into that next room. Should they be able to help sufferers end their lives by supplying medication that would make looming death come faster?”

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Offering a Choice to the Terminally Ill

“Severely crippled by Parkinson’s disease, his only option for ending the suffering was to stop eating and drinking. Physicians in most states, including Maryland, where he lived, are barred from helping terminally ill patients who want to die in a dignified way.”

My right to death with dignity at 29

“In April, I learned that not only had my tumor come back, but it was more aggressive. Doctors gave me a prognosis of six months to live.

Because my tumor is so large, doctors prescribed full brain radiation. I read about the side effects: The hair on my scalp would have been singed off. My scalp would be left covered with first-degree burns. My quality of life, as I knew it, would be gone.”