The New Gender Paradigm

Euthanasia:


Belgium's Newest Cure for Transsexuality

On 1 October 2013, Belgium implemented a new treatment protocol for the transgender population:  euthanasia, death by lethal injection.


The subject in question was Nathan Verhelst, a 44-year old transman, who wanted to die after seeing the outcome of his genital reconstruction surgery done the previous year.  Chest scarring was prominent and constricting. The penis construction was "marginally viable". 


Nathan certainly had led a difficult life:  Soon after birth, his mother forced him to live in a storage room in the garage, because he was was “ugly”.  When contacted by reporters after the death, the mother denied even having a child.  Nathan wrote her a letter explaining his suicide.  The mother’s comment was:  “I will definitely read the letter but it will be full of lies.   For me, this chapter is closed.  Her death does not bother me.  I feel no sorrow, no doubt or remorse. We never had a bond.” “


"Medically assisted euthanasia” is legally available in Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.  In America, it’s available in Oregon, Washington & Vermont — but many states have activist groups promoting its adoption.  The official justification is to help incurable terminally ill patients who are in unbearable pain.  In theory, the rules are:

           --  The patient must have an incurable disease

           --  The disease must cause significant discomfort for the patient

            --  The euthanasia must be requested by the patient

            --  The patient must be of sound mind, capable of making significant decisions

            --  The request must be consistent over a period of time (ie, providing a chance to reconsider)

            --  The lethal injection isn't supposed to be administered by the physician, who is present only to make the dose available and make sure it isn't given to someone else

In the Netherlands, euthanasia for children and teens requires parental consent.


In practice however, around 1.9% of reported euthanasia interventions aren’t voluntary -- it's the family or the doctor who makes the determination (see Bilsen, et al, Medical End-of-Life Practices under the Euthanasia Law in BelgiumNew England Journal of Medicine 361:1119-1121 [September 10, 2009]).  And about 44% of euthanasia patients show signs of clinical depression.  (Psychiatric evaluations aren’t a requirement in Europe but are mandatory in America.)  ...Then again, depression is almost inevitable in someone with a terminal illness in chronic pain. 

It's also been estimated that as many as 47.2% of assisted deaths in the European Lowlands aren’t even reported as such.  Who knows what the real statistics are?


So how does transsexuality fit in? 

Psychiatry’s Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) certifies that transsexuals have a horrible incurable disease.  It establishes the impossible goal of "curing" the disease; but psychotherapy certainly doesn't help.  The wrath of a hostile society makes life intolerable for a trans person seeking self-fulfillment.  It's no surprise, then, that 41% of the transgender population has attempted suicide at some point (see the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the National Center for Transgender Equality[ NCTE] p 82 [2011]). 


  >>     Transsexuals fit the legal criteria for euthanasia perfectly.     <<


Euthanasia is the ultimate expression of the values and perspectives presented in the DSM & WPATH Guidelines.   Categorizing transsexuality as a mental disease encourages healthcare professionals to dismiss the group's value as human beings.  Any distress a transsexual might endure is supposedly self-inflected.  This is how the Endocrine Society justifies their harmful healthcare advice:


"The Task Force placed a very high value on avoiding harm from hormone treatment to individuals who have conditions other than GID and who may not be ready for the physical changes associated with this treatment, and placed a low value on any potential benefit these persons believe they may derive from hormone treatment. This justifies the strong recommendation in the face of low quality evidence."

          -- Endocrine Society Treatment Guidelines, p 11-12


Regretters

A "regretter" is someone who has undergone hormones & surgery, because they thought they were transsexual.  But post-op they realize that they made a big mistake.   They regret medical transitioning.  As the above quote illustrates, regretters are used to justify bad treatment or an outright denial of medical care for transsexuals.

Nathan might seem to have been a regretter -- he certainly was unhappy about how things turned out.  However, his being a transman has never been questioned.  His unhappiness resulted from complications after the chest surgery (scarring & stricture).  In addition, he apparently had unreasonable expectations from the genital surgery:  For a transman, genital surgery is always complex, high-risk, expensive, and the outcome is non-functional.


Nathan's surgery was technically inadequate -- strictures & scarring can be prevented or managed.  His pre-op handling was seriously flawed (he wasn't provided with full disclosure of risks & probable outcomes.)  And although two psychiatrists cleared him for the surgery, they didn't bother to fully evaluate his relationship with his mother.  

In other words, the medical profession was negligent in their handling of Nathan -- they could've done so much more at any point prior to "assisted suicide".  But medical schools teach that trans people have low value.  So when a trans patient complained, he was disposed of; quickly and quietly. 

And no investigations have ever been made regarding the quality of care given.


Read more at:

http://www.inquisitr.com/982746/transgender-man-approved-for-euthanasia-following-botched-gender-reassignment-surger/#gmSFMW3HGA7gk1Sb.99

          -- Cassandra Branch MD (2015)