Advocates keep supporting the idea of euthanizing people and babies who can’t defend or speak up for themselves. These killings are happening particularly more in Europe where babies born with down syndrome are disappearing randomly and mentally ill people are given lethal injections.
One country in particular that is leading the charge in killing mental patients is Belgium. Here, euthanization of the mentally ill is considered to be okay as long as the patients complain of “unbearable and futile psychological suffering”. Some medical experts who oppose this said the following when calling for action:
Euthanasia because of unbearable and futile psychological suffering is very problematic. It is about people who are not terminal and, in principle, could live for many years. Therefore, extreme caution is appropriate both clinically and legally. The essence of the case seems to us that in estimating the hopelessness of one’s suffering, the subjective factor cannot be eliminated …
The law does not indicate the exact criteria for unbearable and psychological suffering. Any complaint about any carelessness in this area will only end in a legal ‘no man’s land’.
More and more, no matter how many criteria there are, it depends simply on how an individual psychiatrist interprets or tests them, aided by the doctor’s own assumptions and the patient’s account of his symptoms.