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Doctors Euthanize Young Woman Because She Had a Mild Form of Autism

• lifenews.com, John Stonestreet & Roberto Rivera

In 2010, 38-year-old Tine Nys was one of approximately 1,000 people euthanized in Belgium. Nys was not suffering from a terminal illness. In fact, she wasn't sick at all.

As I've mentioned before on BreakPoint, despite how it's sold around the world, inevitable death isn't a requirement for euthanasia in Belgium. The standard for eligibility is "unbearable and untreatable suffering," which has come to include psychological suffering. Between 2005 and 2014, 124 people diagnosed with a "mental and/or behavioral disorder" were euthanized in Belgium. These included conditions such as depression and dementia.

But in Nys case, it's wasn't even clear she was "suffering" at all, much less in an "unbearable and untreatable" sense. Nys had been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a mild form of autism.


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