By Alex Schadenberg, International Chair, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
The Economist released a video on November 10 concerning Emily, a 24 year-old physically healthy woman who was approved for euthanasia for the reason of psychological suffering. The video is titled 24 & ready to die.
The 21 minute video (bottom of article) interviews Emily, her psychiatrist, her mother, and her friends. The video ends with Emily deciding not to go through with the lethal injection.
It seems that the Economist was producing a pro-euthanasia video to justify Emily's death by euthanasia except that Emily changed her mind. The video concludes by trying to sell the viewers on the concept that Emily chooses not to die because she has a choice. In reality legal euthanasia has enabled death to be seen as a treatment for psychological pain, enabling her to die by lethal injection.
The greater question is how come Emily was approved for euthanasia? According to the law, a psychological reasons only when the person is experiencing unremitting suffering.
We first learned about Emily on June 19 in an article by Simone Maas that was published in the Belgian DeMorgen news explaining that psychiatrist, Dr Lieve Thienpont, who works with the Belgian euthanasia clinic, had approved "Laura" for euthanasia. "Laura" was the name that Thienpont used to describe Emily. The article states that Laura is physically healthy but living with psychological pain.