euthanasia for autism is legit

This passage from an article about euthanasia in Belgium is amazing:

Pierre Pol Vincke wishes his daughter Edith could have gotten that same relief — and perhaps continued to live. “She said, ‘Dad, you understand science, what could help me to die?” said Vincke, a biologist and amateur beekeeper in his garden in Ramillies, Belgium. “I said, as a father, I can’t do that.”

Doctors refused her euthanasia request, despite years of psychiatric illness. On November 3, 2011, Edith slashed her throat.

Jean-Jacques De Gucht, a Belgian lawmaker who co-sponsored the amendment that made the procedure available to children, says the law enhances personal freedom and that criticism of the country’s euthanasia policies are misguided.

“I think one of the greatest gifts you can give to society is to give people the possibility to choose for themselves if they’re in a situation where they’re suffering every day, to choose for themselves how to cope with that pain,” he said.

“WE MUST TRY TO STOP THESE PEOPLE”

Sophie Nys believes her sister’s euthanasia was granted far too easily. She acknowledges that her sister Tine had long struggled with mental health problems, but said it was unthinkable that those problems warranted her death. Tine’s longtime psychiatrist rejected her request to die, but Tine soon found Thienpont.

Sophie Nys says that Thienpont diagnosed Tine with Asperger’s and approved her euthanasia request after two or three sessions with Thienpont. Because Asperger’s is “incurable and chronic,” it meets one of the legal requirements for euthanasia. Sophie said her sister was so intent on being euthanized she might have manipulated the test.

“She knew that if she wasn’t diagnosed with autism or Asperger’s that she would not have a chance (of being euthanized),” she said. Two months after her diagnosis with Asperger’s, Nys was killed, at age 38.

The situation in America is barbaric in comparison:

To qualify for euthanasia in Belgium, people must meet a number of criteria, including proving they have “unbearable and untreatable” suffering. Among adults whose lives are ended for psychiatric reasons, the most common conditions are depression, personality disorder and Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism. People diagnosed with early-stage dementia can also request euthanasia, including for the future.

Euthanasia is not permitted in the U.S., but six states and Washington D.C. allow assisted suicide, where doctors provide people with the means to kill themselves, such as a deadly dose of medication. Patients must be terminally ill and the procedure is forbidden for psychiatric patients.

Everybody knows that solitary confinement is torture, and that’s what mental illness can amount to. There’s absolutely no reason why I, a rational human being, should have to die worse than animals, which are routinely euthanized when their lives suck.

It’s fairly straightforward why chronic depression would suck so much you want to die, but what about “personality disorder” and autism?

Borderline personality disorder commonly results from unspeakable horrors. Basically, a consequence of getting molested can be that everybody hates you for the rest of your high-conflict, self-injuring life. The way that feels is a nightmare most people are terrified of even thinking about. We could have a society that’s not based on glorifying abusive people. If we’re not going to do that, who are we to force someone getting the worst of it to stick around?

As far as I know, most autistic people think about suicide. It sucks to be autistic, but why? Mainly due to the normal people, not something intrinsic to autism. But it’s that bad.

Normal people treating us like shit is the reason mental illness sucks that bad. Hence, normal people owe us euthanasia. Being told we’re incompetent to decide about our own suffering is just more of the same hate and insults from normal people.

It’s the unrelenting agony of the social conditions, which are under society’s collective control. If “we” are driving people to suicide, the resulting self-awareness is too painful.

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