I have no idea why I always seems to find the weird stuff on Friday.
This is basically an update from on those Dutch Deathmobiles.
From Der Spiegel, an introduction to the very helpful Dr. Petra De Jong, director for Netherlands’ Right to Die-NL (NVVE) organization.
These are some of the reasons why de Jong has lobbied so hard to establish a euthanasia clinic. She recalls the case of a 28-year-old woman who had suffered from depression from an early age and had been in therapy for years. The woman asked her psychiatrist for help in ending her life, but he declined. She eventually pulled a plastic bag over her head and suffocated herself.
De Jong says the new clinic has also been created to fulfill the death wishes of individuals who are not terminally ill, as was the case with this woman. Of course, the doctor adds, the euthanasia clinic will evaluate each case on its own particular merits. During her career as a practicing physician, she has personally terminated the lives of 16 patients, adding that it has always been a difficult decision.
Assisted suicide that does not fall within euthanasia guidelines is still illegal in the Netherlands, but never fear, De Jong is on the case to change that!
The NVVE intends to continue fighting for the legalization of assisted suicide in the Netherlands. Thousands of people call the association’s office every year because they want to die and are looking for advice. NVVE staff members don’t try to talk any of them out of killing themselves. “It’s not our job,” de Jong says. “It would be paternalistic.”
Instead, the callers are provided with information on how to ensure that their suicide attempts succeed. Association members receive a password that allows them to access a list of death-inducing drugs on the NVVE website. However, these deadly substances are only available over-the-counter in other countries, such as neighboring Belgium.
I agree very much with the saying “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.” I bet we all do. Most of the time despair does actually fade if you wait it out, or when you find out that the despair is actually a side-effect or symptom of a treatable physical condition. That’s been my experience, anyway.
There are cases when I think euthanasia is a kindness. I don’t know if I trust it not to be abused if it is legalized. Regardless, I definitely think assisted suicide outside the parameters of euthanasia is sociopathic.
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