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The Label ‘Incurable’ Is Not a Justification for Ending a Life

June 1, 2016

(The Guardian) – A woman in her 20s with severe mental health problems stemming from childhood sexual abuse has been allowed to die under Dutch euthanasia laws after doctors claimed she was incurable. In a startling abdication of the psychiatrist’s responsibility to prevent suicide and, when necessary, to protect patients from themselves, this woman’s psychiatrist declared that “there was no prospect or hope for her”, effectively signing her death warrant. With psychiatrists like that, one might ask, who needs self-harm?

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