Netherlands: Teenage Rape Victim asks for Euthanasia
On June 2nd, Dutch rape victim Noa Pothoven died after asking for euthanasia. She was 17 years old.
“Maybe this comes as a surprise to some, give my posts about hospitalization, but my plan has been there for a long time and is not impulsive,” she wrote on Instagram.
While initial reports claimed her death was the result of euthanasia, witnesses say she passed away from anorexia.
Follow-up reports confirmed there were no signs of euthanasia.
“I have quit eating and drinking for a while now, and after many discussions and evaluations, it was decided to let me go because my suffering is unbearable,” she wrote. “I’m still breathing, but I’m not alive anymore.”
Pothoven developed anorexia, depression, and PTSD after she was molested and raped at ages 11, 12, and 14. She finally reported the attacks to police at age 16.
“I relive the fear, that pain every day,” wrote Pothoven in her memoir. “Always scared, always on my guard. And to this day my body still feels dirty…My house has been broken into, my body, that can never be undone.”
Pothoven was admitted to a hospital last year after her refusal to eat left her organs in critical condition. Doctors placed her into a medically-induced coma and attached tubes to provide nutrients. When she awoke, her request for euthanasia was turned down.
“They consider that I am too young to die,” Pothoven told reporters. “They think I should finish my trauma treatment and that my brain must first be fully grown. That lasts until your 21st birthday. It’s broken me, because I can’t wait that long.”
Euthanasia has been legal in the Netherlands since 2002, but only in cases of “hopeless and unbearable” suffering. Patients between the ages of 12-16 must obtain parental consent.
Rumors that Pothoven was euthanized stem from her recent conversation with the “end of life” clinic, a controversial facility where doctors reconsider patients’ requests for euthanasia.
Pothoven invoked her legal right not to be force-fed last week and passed away Sunday surrounded by friends and family.
Editor’s note: This is a tragic mishandling of a young girls life. Her “right” not to eat, her “right” to euthanasia and her eventual death at age 17 are the result of an extreme liberal society run amuck. This is a nightmare come true.