The international chair of a coalition that believes euthanasia and assisted suicide should continue to be treated as murder/homicide says even many mental health professionals are against the practice.
Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition tells OneNewsNow a young woman only identified as Kelly of Leuven, Belgium has applied to be euthanized. Kelly reportedly had social anxiety as a youth, experienced self-harm, attempted suicide, and had an eating disorder.
"She's not the only one in Belgium or Canada or the United States that goes through significant psychological pain and issues," Schadenberg recognizes. "But now that euthanasia is being applied to these cases in Belgium, they're now seeking death by lethal injection rather than hope for the future, and this is the great tragedy for such a young person who's physically healthy in every way."
Before her request is granted, Kelly, who is only 23 years old, must gain permission from two psychiatrists – professionals who Schadenberg stresses are supposed to be in the business of preventing suicide, not causing it.
"We can't allow society to abandon these people," he contends. "This is what euthanasia is about. It's about an abandonment. We're abandoning them to their pain rather than helping them find hope in living."
Many psychiatrists and most citizens of Belgium are against assisting suicide for mental health patients. Within the profession, psychiatrists stress younger patients can usually improve with time, therapy, and medication, if appropriate.