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24-year-old Woman Suffering From Depression Granted Right to Die in Belgium

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Well this is sure to be controversial…

Newsweek titled their article, “Healthy 24-year-old granted right to die in Belgium.” But I’m not so sure that someone who’s wanted to die so badly for so long should be considered “healthy.”

According to the article, the woman in question, Laura, has suffered from suicidal thoughts her entire life. She’s received therapy from the mental health industry, but what happens when nothing works?

Eilish O’Gara via Newsweek:

Doctors in Belgium are granting a 24-year-old woman who is suffering from depression but is otherwise healthy the right to die as she qualifies for euthanasia under the Belgian law, even though she does not have a terminal or life-threatening illness.

The 24-year-old woman, known simply as Laura, has been given the go-ahead by health professionals in Belgium to receive a lethal injection after spending both her childhood and adult life suffering from “suicidal thoughts”, she told local Belgian media.

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‘Doctor Death’ Jack Kevorkian Dead At 83

ul_KevorkianHe was an ahead-of-his-time thinker who tried to shape a more humane society. The New York Times writes:
Dr. Kevorkian challenged social taboos about disease and dying, willfully defying prosecutors and the courts as he actively sought national celebrity. His critics and supporters generally agree on this: As a result of his stubborn and often intemperate advocacy for the right of the terminally ill to choose how they die, hospice care has boomed in the United States, and physicians have become more sympathetic to their pain and more willing to prescribe medication to relieve it.
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California Grandmother Sells Thousands Of Homemade Suicide Kits

suicideHero or monster? Apparently, constructing suicide kits is the new knitting. San Diego’s KGTV reports:

A 91-year-old East County grandmother is getting national attention for making suicide kits. The woman started making the kits after watching her husband die a slow, painful death from colon cancer.

“I’m doing what I can to improve the world,” she told 10News. “There’s a lot of heartache and difficulty here.” Charlotte makes the kits — which cost buyers $60 — by taking large plastic bags and sewing soft elastic bands around the opening. There is a slot in the bag for a plastic tube carrying helium gas to be inserted. Helium — when inhaled in its pure form — is deadly. Kit users are responsible for securing their own helium gas.

“If heaven is so wonderful, you know you’d naturally want to go there, wouldn’t you?” said Charlotte. Charlotte said her sales were nearly $100,000 last year.

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Suicide Tourism Booming In Switzerland

Flag of Switzerland (Pantone)If you’re desperate for assistance in ending your life, Switzerland is your best bet, per this report from Bloomberg News:

Switzerland is the destination of choice for people from abroad who want to die. The office of the country’s top legal official is pushing to change that.

While assisted suicide is permitted in the Netherlands, Belgium and the U.S. states of Oregon, Washington and Montana, only Switzerland allows doctors to help foreigners end their lives. More than 25 percent of the 380 assisted suicides in Switzerland during 2009 involved foreigners, most of whom died after drinking water laced with a lethal dose of barbiturates.

Former Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, who was replaced by Simonetta Sommaruga in November, has proposed making the practice more difficult by demanding oversight by doctors who aren’t connected with one of the country’s four right-to-die organizations. Assisted suicide has been legal in Switzerland since 1942.

“Those Swiss politicians who want to change the rules on assisted suicide behave like moral apostles,” said Margrit Weibel, president of Zurich-based suicide organization Ex International.

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‘Dr. Death’ Jack Kevorkian: “Medicine Is Controlled By Religion” (Video)

Here's doctor and right-to-die activist Jack Kevorkian speaking with Fox News' Neil Cavuto about the recent HBO film, You Don't Know Jack. This film is a biopic of the good doctor's infamous career later in life: those actions that landed him in prison and the media circus that revolved around him. Kevorkian candidly expresses his views on Fox News and his opinion of this film:
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