Sex abuse victim in her twenties allowed euthanasia as mental health problems ‘INCURABLE’
A WOMAN who was sexually abused as a child has successfully applied for euthanasia as she could not live with her mental suffering.
The former victim was allowed to kill herself
The victim was given a lethal injection after health professionals decided her post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions were incurable.
Her condition included severe anorexia, chronic depression and suicidal mood swings, tendencies to self-harm, hallucinations, obsessions and compulsions.
Although the Dutch victim showed improvements after intensive therapy, she was given the right to die after doctors said treatment was hopeless.
300 people from Britain have ended their life in Dignitas in Switzerland
This tragic situation shows why euthanasia should never be legalised in this country
British MPs said the case proved euthanasia should never be legalised in the UK.
The woman had been abused between the age of five and 15 and had suffered from mental disorders since.
It was revealed the woman had post-traumatic stress disorder that was resistant to treatment.
The victim was abused when she was younger
Although the woman had had treatment, which was “temporarily partially successful”, treatment was stopped last year when independent consultants said the case was “hopeless”.
One Labour MP criticised the decision saying it meant sex abuse victims were now being punished with death.
MP Robert Flello said: “It almost sends the message that if you are a victim of abuse, and as a result you get a mental illness, you are punished by being killed, that the punishment for the crime of being a victim is death.”
Tory MP Fiona Bruce, chairman of the Parliamentary All-Party Pro-Life Group, said: “This tragic situation shows why euthanasia should never be legalised in this Country.
Terry Pratchett was a campaigner for right-to-die
“What this woman needed, at a desperate point in her young life, was help and support to overcome her problems, not the option of euthanasia.”
The issue of assisted dying campaign is one that splits opinions in the UK.
The numbers heading to Switzerland to be killed have increased with around one person a fortnight going to Dignitas from the UK.
In total around 300 people from Britain have ended their lives in the Swiss clinic.
Campaign groups are encouraging the UK government to change the laws, however when MPs voted on the issue last year, they voted against euthanisia.