International media got the story wrong about a Dutch euthanasia case but the facts are still tragic.
Noa Pothoven, 17, was reported to have been euthanized due to depression as allowed by Netherlands law but in reality she literally starved herself to death.
Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition says Pothoven’s sad story is that she wanted to end her life after being sexually assaulted at age 11 and raped at age 15.
“And she was going through severe PTSD,” he reports, “as well as issues related to mental pain and psychological suffering.”
So the teenager announced on social media her intent to stop eating and stop consuming fluids, and she passed away this past Sunday at her home from starvation and dehydration.
“I breathe but no longer live,” she wrote in a social media post that announced her coming death.
Schandenberg says confusion likely arose because Pothoven requested euthanasia from a licensed clinic but was turned down due to her age and mental state.
Yet some observers, watching the story unfold from the U.S., say her death was tragic and preventable.
Acknowledging that the media got Pothoven’s story wrong, Colson Center director John Stonestreet commented via Twitter that her parents and doctors allowed her to starve herself to death.
“And overall suicide is on the rise there,” he wrote. “Legalized suicide makes suicide thinkable as a remedy.”
Live Action president Lila Rose questioned why Pothoven wasn’t given adequate mental health care and questioned if the state aided her starvation with drugs, such as morphine.