To Be Or Not To Be

To say I am disturbed is an understatement. A healthy (somewhat) 17-year-old Dutch girl legally chose euthanasia this week. I get that she had a friggin horrible start to life being raped and abused, but my mind can’t reconcile that as a society we accept such a young person could choose euthanasia. In Australia, she wouldn’t even be old enough to vote.  I also understand she could have just as easily chosen suicide. However, suicide is not a legal process. The precedent that was chosen through the legal system is a frightening one.

In writing this I don’t want to diminish the pain and trauma this girl had suffered in her short life but I do question a few things. Firstly age. Teens are confused little beings with hormones in turbo spin. They are generally rebelling against not only themselves but anything and everything.  Maturity doesn’t smack them in the face until they exit their teen years. To say that she was accessed by a medical expert before the courts allowed this does not sit well.

Secondly, the precedent that has been set. I am not opposed to euthanasia. I have put numerous pets to sleep when they no longer had the quality of life and I do believe people with terminal or debilitating illnesses have that right too. I do however have reservations about the precedents that are set. Euthanasia is a legal process and once it allows relatively healthy teens to choose death, the boundaries have extended too far. What next? Euthanasia for the elderly who can’t afford a nursing home?

PSST: Apparently, in the Netherlands, the starting age for euthanasia is 12 years of age.

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3 responses to “To Be Or Not To Be

  1. Craig Berry

    WGF? I thought the Nertherlands was a progressive society, not a Sharira law type of POS! ________________________________

  2. Jacquie

    That’s incredibly sad… also that she must have felt she had no support from family or friends. . .

  3. This poor girl “let the terrorists win.”

    That was the worst thing for a victim of abuse and rape to do—she gave permanent power to her rapist(s) and abuser(s).

    I totally agree that an adolescent should never be allowed to make a decision like that—if she would have been a mature adult, she would have more likely taken the opposite approach, and let those horrible memories spur her on to survive and thrive most tenaciously.

    It is not always true that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem—or that euthanasia is.

    But in this girl’s case, euthanasia was definitely a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

    What a tragic waste.

    And what an evil crime for self-serving politicians in the Netherlands to perpetrate against their constituents.

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