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Dutch doctors approve euthanasia for sex-abuse victim

May 16, 2016

Doctors in the Netherlands have approved the suicide of a young woman who was diagnosed with persistent-traumatic-stress syndrome after suffering sexual abuse in childhood.

The woman-- who was not identified, but was described as in her 20s and apparently otherwise healthy-- was allowed to end her own life by a lethal injection. Her case opens a new frontier in the Netherlands, where physician-assisted suicide is legal in cases in which the victim suffers from a painful terminal illness.


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  • Posted by: - May. 16, 2016 10:59 PM ET USA

    Counseling, not killing for this young woman. Was the perpetrator of the sexual abuse penalized? May God be withher in this difficult time.