Euthanasia of Dutch Patients With Disabilities Raises Concerns

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A report from Kingston University reveals that doctors in the Netherlands are euthanizing patients with intellectual disabilities or mental conditions as their afflictions prevent them from leading a normal life. The case of a Dutch woman in her 30s with autism and borderline personality disorder is cited, with doctors concluding that her conditions hindered her ability to form relationships and connect with others. However, this trend of assisted suicide and euthanasia among autistic youths has sparked concern among professionals who question if society is accepting the message that death is the only solution. The Royal Dutch Medical Association has provided limited guidelines on who qualifies for assisted suicide.