Thursday, November 12, 2015

Emily "Laura" is a healthy 24 year-old who was approved to die by euthanasia in Belgium. Emily has chosen to live.

By Alex Schadenberg
International Chair, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition


The Economist released a video on November 10 concerning Emily, a 24 year-old physically healthy woman who was approved for euthanasia for the reason of psychological suffering. The video is titled 24 & ready to die.
The 21 minute video (bottom of article) interviews Emily, her psychiatrist (Lieve Thienpont), her mother, and her friends. The video ends with Emily deciding not to go through with the lethal injection. 

It appears that the Economist was producing a pro-euthanasia video to justify Emily's death by euthanasia except that Emily changed her mind. The video concludes by trying to sell the viewers on the idea that Emily chooses not to die because she has a choice. In reality legal euthanasia has enabled death to be seen as a treatment for psychological pain, enabling her to die by lethal injection.

The greater question is how come Emily was approved for euthanasia? Was she experiencing unremitting suffering?

We first learned about Emily on June 19 in an article by Simone Maas that was published in the Belgian DeMorgen news concerning psychiatrist, Lieve Thienpont, who works with the Belgian euthanasia clinic, and had approved "Laura" for euthanasia. "Laura" was the name that Thienpont used to describe Emily. The article states that Laura is physically healthy but living with psychological pain. (google translated):
She has good friends, loves good coffee and theater. And she has felt that she wanted to die ever since childhood. Laura (24): "Life, that's not for me." This summer, euthanasia will end her life full of inner conflict, depression and self-destruction. 
I met the West Flemish Laura at the presentation of the book 'Libera me' euthanasia for psychological reasons. Writer Lieve Thienpont is one of the psychiatrists who gave Laura a positive opinion for euthanasia.
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) responded by launching an online campaign asking people to Sign: A Letter of Hope to Laura. More than 12,500 people signed the Letter with many people offering a genuine concern for Laura.

What we learned from the Letter of Hope to Laura is that many people live with depression and similar psychological pain. Psychological pain is a common human condition. Death is not the answer to psychological pain.

The Economist video ends with Emily deciding to live, but Emily remains conflicted. We urge Emily to find a supportive place and to hold onto hope for better days.

9 comments:

Maureen Sullivan said...

Oh if only Emily knew Jesus----He would "fill" that empty hole in her heart...If only she knew Him!!!!!If only she knew the incomprehensible value of her life and what God wants to give her......Sending love and prayers +++++++ <3

peter ryan said...

That Letter of Hope was a great idea. God bless her and all who suffer psychologically. All of us need to be there for them.

Irene said...

God bless her and your organization for alerting us to news about these horrors of euthanasia and assisted suicide that are assaults to the dignity of the human person

Dennis Faulkner said...

Maybe listen to Eckart Tolle.

Marija said...

She should not let doctors drive her around. She is free to do what she wants by the declaration of human rights. She does not have to listen to someone heartless who does not listen to her and says she has to believe in being cured while experimenting with her. She is talking and talking to these doctors I don't know how many years. She should know that they don't know nothing.

Johnny Lin said...

Eckart Tolle, Mooji, Sadhguru, thoese are the best spiritual teachers that can give great insights into depression, she is so young and she must listen to their talks, it is truly life changing.

Phil St. George said...

Emily is a victim of a systemic nihilism. No meaning, no purpose but pleasure. No worth but the material.
Emily needs love.
The love of her fellows and of God.
The shrink should be arrested.

Rhiannon Welton said...

I stumbled upon Emily's video today and I am glad she did not follow through. I noticed her mentioning that she is not religious. I agree with Maureen above that Emily needs the Lord in her life, as her savior. It isn't even about religiousness, it's about Jesus. I speak from knowing mental torments and I wouldn't say they just go away with coming to know the Lord. But it's so vital to exit the world of self absorption and be humble before God and pray to have the truth revealed regarding life now and beyond this material existence. I am unsure of the resources Belgium has regarding the truth of Jesus. Two resources I find relevant to Emily's life are this write-up: https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/answers-international/2015/01/19/euthanasia-with-a-twist-2/ and the confessions of a pastor struggling with mental illness, who loves God's Son: https://lambfollowers.com/2016/05/08/melancholy-in-amber/

I hope one day to see Emily as a sister in Christ.

Irina Racaru said...

hi Emily, i would like to soeak with you, i want to tell you simething very interesting, could you please tell me your full name or your facebook name? :) thanks!