Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.
The focus this time: Aktion T4 was apparently just ahead of it’s time
First, a little mood music:
If you are on the Autism spectrum, the Dutch are offering to help kill you.
“Several Dutch citizens who had autism or other intellectual disabilities have died by physician-assisted suicide in recent years after doctors determined their afflictions were untreatable obstacles to a normal life, researchers found.
“Nearly 40 people who identified as autistic or intellectually disabled were legally euthanized in the Netherlands between 2012 and 2021, according to a Kingston University investigation of Dutch euthanasia cases.
“Five people younger than 30 who were killed at their own request cited autism as the sole or a major reason for their decision to end their lives, the UK study found.
“With those cases, experts have questioned whether the law allowing doctors to kill suicidal patients via lethal injections has strayed too far from its initial intentions when passed in 2002.”
Spoiler: It has.
So, body dysphoria is grounds to be killed?
“Jennifer Hesketh Aviles knew her daughter, Heather Thompson, wasn’t asking to finally visit Portland, or hike along the azure depths of Crater Lake. Heather wanted to go to Oregon for one reason: she wanted to die.
“Oregon had legalized physician-assisted suicide for patients with a terminal illness (also known as medical aid in dying, or Maid) in 1997, and Heather, who had suffered with an intractable chronic illness for over 30 years, knew her illness was going to kill her.
“‘Death is coming for me,’ Heather said. ‘It’s coming for me, Mom.’
“Doctors had prophesied Heather’s potential mortality for years. “If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll end up in hospice,” said one. They meant it as a warning, but Heather remained impervious to the words. I’m fine, Mom, she reassured Jennifer.
“Five years later, however, as her illness worsened, hospice sounded like a haven for her last days. But when the 48-year-old tried to find a hospice program in her native Tucson, she was rebuffed. Heather didn’t have a terminal illness, doctors said. Her condition was treatable. All she had to do was eat.
“To her mom, this was laughable. Anorexia and bulimia had consumed Heather’s life since she was 15. She hadn’t been at a healthy weight for 33 years now, and still couldn’t bear the thought of eating normal meals and not vomiting them up. To quiet the illness’s perpetual hissing voice, Heather began abusing alcohol, opiates and amphetamines just to get a few minutes of peace and quiet in her own head. Her temporary respite had become a crippling addiction. She spent years in institutions and group homes, bouncing from crisis to crisis. Nothing worked.”
Of course Canada wants to kill the medically ill who soak up the limited supply of socialized healthcare funding.
“People suffering from mental illness will soon be included under the criteria for eligibility in an assisted death program in Canada, according to a report.
“Canada will allow people with mental illness to choose medically assisted death beginning next year, according to a report.
“The provision will make Canada one of the most expansive countries in the world when it comes to medical assistance in dying, a Canadian panel’s report to parliament said”.