(International Business Times) A victim of childhood sex abuse was allowed to end her life under Dutch euthanasia laws after doctors and psychiatrists concluded that the woman's post-traumatic stress disorder and physical health were incurable. The death of the Dutch woman in her 20s has fuelled the ongoing debate on the ethics of euthanasia in Britain, with some MPs arguing that allowing a victim of sex abuse to die is equivalent to punishing the victim.
The details of the case were documented by the Dutch Euthanasia Commission, which revealed that the woman began to suffer from mental disorders about 15 years ago. She was suffering from severe anorexia, chronic depression, suicidal mood swings, tendencies to self-harm, hallucinations, obsessions and compulsions. She was also almost entirely bedridden, according to a report.
The woman is said to have faced abuse between the ages of five and 15. She has been undergoing treatment for her condition and even showed some signs of progress a couple of years before her death in 2015. However, her psychiatrist concluded that "there was no prospect or hope for her". A final GP's report approved the "termination of life" order, after which the woman was killed by an injection of lethal drugs, the MailOnline reported, citing the commission's report.
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