Will Europe’s Rape Victims Simply be Euthanised? By Mrs Vera West

     The horrors at the end of the West continue at an unpredictable pace; meanwhile outside people are playing music and drinking even though it is only 8 a.m., Friday morning as the long weekend booze up begins:
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7103019/Dutch-girl-17-legally-ends-life-euthanasia-clinic.html

“A 17-year-old girl who was raped as a young child and felt she could no longer go on living has been legally allowed to die at home after she had sought the help of an 'end-of-life clinic'. Noa Pothoven was allowed to die at home after medics allowed her to refuse food and drink last Sunday. 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 separate occasions, beginning when she was just 11 years old. In Holland, children as young as 12 can be granted euthanasia if they desire, but only after a doctor concludes that the patient's suffering is unbearable with no clear end in sight.

In 2017, some 6,585 people chose euthanasia to end their own lives in the Netherlands, about 4.4 per cent of the total number of more than 150,000 registered deaths in the country, according to the Regional Euthanasia Review Committee which strictly monitors all cases. What are the conditions for legal euthanasia in the Netherlands? 

Dutch law allows euthanasia when each of the following conditions are met:

•    The patient's suffering is unbearable with no prospect of improvement
•    The request to end their life must be voluntary (without the influence of mental illness and drugs) and persist over time
•    The patient must be fully aware of their condition, prospects and options
•    A second, independent doctor must confirm the above conditions are met
•    The death must be carried out in a medically appropriate fashion with the doctor present
•    The patient is at least 12 years old, and patients under 16 require parental consent
•    Afterwards the doctor must report the cause of death to the municipal coroner

The practice is hotly debated but illegal in the UK, but it's legal in some US states, Canada and Belgium. In a social media post one day before her death last Sunday, Noa made her decision public. She wrote: 'I deliberated for quite a while whether or not I should share this, but decided to do it anyway. 'Maybe this comes as a surprise to some, given my posts about hospitalisation, but my plan has been there for a long time and is not impulsive. 'I will get straight to the point: within a maximum of 10 days I will die. After years of battling and fighting, I am drained. I have quit eating and drinking for a while now, and after many discussions and evaluations, it was decided to let me go because my suffering is unbearable.' Noa added that she never felt as though she was 'alive', rather surviving, writing: 'I breathe, but I no longer live.'

Finally, she asked her friends and followers on Instagram to 'not convince me that this is not good, this is my decision and it is final. 'Love is letting go, in this case,' she added. According to the Dutch newspaper De Gelderlander, Noa's parents had no idea she was unwell until her mother discovered a plastic envelope in her room filled with farewell letters to her parents, friends and acquaintances. 'I was in shock,' Lisette told De Gelderlander. 'We didn't get it. Noa is sweet, beautiful, smart, social and always cheerful. How is it possible that she wants to die? 'We have never received a real answer. We just heard that her life was no longer meaningful. For only a year and a half have we known what secret she has carried with her over the years.' That secret, as outlined in her book, was that Noa was assaulted at a schoolfriend's party when she was 11 years old, and one year later at another teenager's party.’

     The big question here, is that if all girls did follow this example in the Netherlands, who would be available for grooming and raping? They sure don’t call the place, the Netherlands (lower lands) for nothing!

 

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