Doctors who certified a woman as autistic so she could get a lethal injection face jail under euthanasia laws
Note: Not sure how to unravel this monstrous story from Belgium. While we do not subscribe to neurodiversity's teaching that autism is simply another way of being or thinking, or a difference like hair or eye color, I certainly do not agree that it means a waste of a life. Or that the life should be snuffed out. Euthanasia is a topic lightly tread upon if at all, here in America. We tend to demand any and EVERY medical intervention, even if courts are necessary. To give a diagnosis of autism simply to meet the criteria to die is frankly abhorrent to me. Kim
Three doctors who certified a woman as autistic so that she could die by euthanasia are set to go on trial in Belgium.
The sisters of Tine Nys told investigators that her suffering was caused instead by a broken heart after a failed relationship, and that she had falsely claimed to be autistic to two doctors and a psychiatrist.
She had told them her suffering was 'unbearable and incurable' so that she could qualify for euthanasia under Belgian law.
Ms Nys was given a lethal injection in April 2010, just two months after her diagnosis of autism, and died aged 38. Her sisters and her parents were at her bedside. Read more here.
Campaigners in the UK say the case highlights the dangers of introducing euthanasia here.