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Research Shows Netherlands is Euthanizing Healthy People with Autism and Intellectual Handicaps

Research Shows Netherlands is Euthanizing Healthy People with Autism and Intellectual Handicaps

The Netherlands continues to shine as an example of a country….that I would not want ours to emulate.

New research shows that Netherlands programs have euthanized otherwise healthy individuals with autism and intellectual handicaps in recent years.

Five individuals under the age of 30, who cited autism as a factor in their decision to seek legal euthanasia, are among the cases reviewed by specialists at the U.K.’s Kingston University.

“Factors directly associated with intellectual disability and/or ASD were the sole cause of suffering described in 21% of cases and a major contributing factor in a further 42% of cases,” Kingston University’s report on the issue found.

The study noted that in many cases, doctors determined there was “no prospect of improvement” for intellectually challenged individuals because there is no treatment for their handicap.

“Reasons for the EAS [euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide] request included social isolation and loneliness (77%), lack of resilience or coping strategies (56%), lack of flexibility (rigid thinking or difficulty adapting to change) (44%) and oversensitivity to stimuli (26%). In one-third of cases, physicians noted there was ‘no prospect of improvement’ as ASD and intellectual disability are not treatable,” the study reads.

The number of people euthanized in the Netherlands since the practice was allowed is astonishing.

Between 2012 and 2021, nearly 60,000 people were killed at their own request, according to the Dutch government’s euthanasia review committee. To show how the rules are being applied and interpreted, the committee has released documents related to more than 900 of those people, most of whom were older and had conditions including cancer, Parkinson´s and ALS.

Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, a palliative care specialist at Britain´s Kingston University, and her colleagues reviewed the documents to see how Dutch doctors were dealing with euthanasia requests from people with autism or with lifelong mental impairments. They published their findings in the journal BJPsych Open in May.

Among the 900 people with publicly posted case files, 39 of them were autistic and/or intellectually disabled. A handful were elderly, but 18 of them were younger than 50.

…”There´s no doubt in my mind these people were suffering,” Tuffrey-Wijne said. “But is society really OK with sending this message, that there´s no other way to help them and it´s just better to be dead?”

Understanding the scope of the program and the decision-making processes that went into these numbers has been difficult.

Because the committee releases only select records, it’s also impossible to know the true number of people with autism or intellectual disabilities killed at their own request.

Among the eight patients cited by researchers were an autistic man in his 20s. His record said “the patient had felt unhappy since childhood,” was regularly bullied and “longed for social contacts but was unable to connect with others.” The man, who was not named, chose euthanasia after deciding that “having to live on this way for years was an abomination.”

The records also included an autistic woman in her 30s who also had borderline personality disorder. She was offered a spot in a supported living center, but her doctors said she could not maintain relationships and deemed contact with others “too difficult.”

In one-third of cases, Dutch doctors concluded autism and intellectual disabilities were untreatable and that there was “no prospect of improvement,” the researchers wrote.

Earlier this year, the Netherlands extended the euthanasia option to children under 12.

The Dutch government said that this would only apply to up to 10 children a year and only for children who have no hope of recovery and who aren’t helped by palliative care.

“The end of life for this group is the only reasonable alternative to the child’s unbearable and hopeless suffering,” said the government in a statement.

Euthanasia for adults and newborn babies with terminal illnesses was already allowed in the Netherlands, but this new rule makes the country the second in the world after Belgium to allow euthanasia of kids up to the age of 12.

The Netherlands continues to shine as an example of a country….that I would not want ours to emulate.


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ThePrimordialOrderedPair | July 1, 2023 at 2:09 pm

But they don’t have capital punishment, so if someone with autism doesn’t want the state to kill him he needs to go out and murder someone.

Isn’t the modern world great?!

Doctors are not inherently ethical, and governments inherently include unethical people. We have to safeguard ourselves from these fake big shots.

LibraryGryffon | July 1, 2023 at 2:28 pm

How many of those with ASD were manipulated into that decision?

As a parent of an Aspie kid, I’m appaled, and worried. I can see Autism Speaks jumping on this particular vile bandwagon.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to LibraryGryffon. | July 1, 2023 at 3:15 pm

    I have both a child and grandchild with Asperger, I suspect that I also may be Asperger. The Uni bomber was Asperger, his parents sent to Harvard at 14, where he was destroyed by the CIA. They intentionally destroyed him.

      JohnSmith100 in reply to JohnSmith100. | July 1, 2023 at 4:30 pm

      I was much like Kaczynski, I did not skip grades but studied far above my grade level on my own, I had run of a university from 7th grade on. I had nothing in common with other children, I discovered adult mentors, which satisfied my socialization needs. My IQ tested 5 points higher than than Kaczynski, close enough I think for me to understand his mindset. What Harvard did to Kaczynski was criminal. If he had been treated well he would probably been an asset for humanity. This should not have happened.

        alaskabob in reply to JohnSmith100. | July 2, 2023 at 2:55 pm

        They don’t “think” like you because they can’t. Yet they feel superior because of control. Look at the super bright kids in school being held back. The Left only thinks of low IQ as “special needs” yet the other side of the bell curve also have special needs. When the only common denominator is to dumb down for “equity”…. instability reigns.

2smartforlibs | July 1, 2023 at 2:36 pm

How far off are gas chambers and ovens?

Lucifer Morningstar | July 1, 2023 at 2:52 pm

So would someone please explain to me how this is any different than the nazi Aktion T-4 euthanasia program that killed thousands of innocent people with physical and mental handicaps during the nazi regime and what the Netherlands and Belgium are doing? Because as hard as I try, I can’t see a difference.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to Lucifer Morningstar. | July 1, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    It was interesting that doctor Asperger recognized that there were children who were little geniuses. He saved a surprisingly large number from being killed.

    Advancement of humanity comes from people on the fringe.

    alaskabob in reply to Lucifer Morningstar. | July 1, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    All that is missing is a “X” chalk mark on their clothing to make it official. For the “good” of society the few must be culled… useless eaters and breathers. One would have thought that both Holland and Belgium would have remembered the Nazi years.

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to alaskabob. | July 1, 2023 at 3:50 pm

      “One would have thought that both Holland and Belgium would have remembered the Nazi years.”

      In Belgium’s case, they remember those years with fondness. So many undesirables gone so they could continue making those tasty chocolates in peace.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | July 1, 2023 at 3:32 pm

Earlier this year, the Netherlands extended the euthanasia option to children under 12.

The Dutch government said that this would only apply to up to 10 children a year and only for children who have no hope of recovery and who aren’t helped by palliative care.

I guess killing 10 kids a year is enough for the Dutch, right now. That’s almost one a month, and then some time to recover for the next one.

As they get used to it they’ll be able to ramp up the production lines and get into some more respectable numbers.

Progressives have always loved eugenics.

    BierceAmbrose in reply to geronl. | July 1, 2023 at 7:49 pm

    Fundamentally, “progressives” think of other humans as a herd of livestock, and themselves the wranglers.

Societies who deny courts the authority to apply death sentences to criminals but have no issue with those same authorities condemning the mentally ill to death have some serious soul-searching to do.

They should start in the government, that’s where most of the intellectually handicapped work.

Does this mean that they may be coming after Biden?

    JohnSmith100 in reply to Q. | July 1, 2023 at 4:43 pm

    With a wife like Jill, using and abusing him so she can act as puppet master president, Joe doesn’t need enemies.

NavyMustang | July 1, 2023 at 5:32 pm

I have met more than a few Dutch people who were quite upset if you mistook them for Germans.

Talk about slippery slopes. Are they being inspired by the racist leaders of South Africa?

nordic prince | July 1, 2023 at 7:31 pm

“no prospect of improvement” would be equally applicable to leftist “progressives” – so should we euthanize these as well?

They definitely cause far more and far greater problems than any autistic or mentally deficient individual.

    alaskabob in reply to nordic prince. | July 2, 2023 at 2:58 pm

    As I remember Einstein didn’t start speaking until 4… and then in coherent sentences.

      JohnSmith100 in reply to alaskabob. | July 4, 2023 at 3:56 pm

      I was enamored with Einstein, relativity & astrophysics, as a tween I worshipped him, I was also so disappointed with how he treated his first wife, 30 years later, after I was married, I came to understand him better,

FrankJNatoli | July 1, 2023 at 9:42 pm

When the Germans started euthanizing mentally defectives, Clemens August Graf von Galen Archbishop of Münster, at great risk to his own life, attacked the Nazis from the pulpit.
No Galen today in Holland.

If someone truly believes they are better off dead to alleviate their physical suffering at least keep suicide as the final test of the individual commitment to the action. Don’t make it easy by allowing the medical establishment to ‘assist’ a person physically capable of doing it themselves. Tens of thousands of teen girls/young women use a ‘suicide’ attempt as a cry for help while young men typically don’t have the same hesitation scars. They use more effective means b/c they have made their decision to follow through on their choices for good or ill.

There isn’t much distance between truly voluntary ‘assisted’ suicide and coerced/forced agreement to the process. Unethical, ideological practitioners will seek to obscure the feint line between the two. Those who would do so at scale are truly evil. Society should not be aiding this evil. The next line is eugenics and society should push back very hard to prevent this from becoming common or we will soon approach that line as well.