A 24-year-old healthy girl has won the right to end her life by euthanasia because she claims to have had suicidal thoughts since childhood.
The woman, known only as Laura, does not have any life-threatening illnesses but has still been told by authorities that she can voluntarily die.
She has been in a psychiatric institution since she was 21 and told local paper De Morgen:
“Death feels to me not as a choice. If I had a choice, I would choose a bearable life, but I have done everything and that was unsuccessful.
Assisted suicide has been legal in Belgium since 2003 and it is estimated that five people a day die that way.
Euthenasia – unwanted babies -the terminally ill – the old and infirm – the healthy young
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Because I was not a Socialist.
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Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
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Because I was not a Jew.
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