Euthanasia in a Minor Key

The Tragic Tale of a Young Girl's Demise

On June 3, 2019, the troubling story of the death of 17-year-old Dutch girl Noa Pothoven went viral, with initial reports claiming she had been voluntarily euthanized. Within a day, those claims were proved false. Noa committed suicide by refusing to eat or drink. Since the medical community and her parents declined to force-feed her, her death is referred to as "passive euthanasia."

"Euthanasia" is the direct killing by doctors of their patients. "Assisted suicide" is the indirect killing of patients by doctors who provide the means by which patients can commit suicide. The circumstances surrounding Noa's death expose the anti-life nature of the Dutch euthanasia policies and the implications of...


writes on culture and education at Breakthrough Ideas with Jeanne Ives . Her cultural commentaries have been carried on a number of pro-family websites, and she has spoken at the Council for National Policy and at conferences sponsored by the Constitutional Coalition.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #50, Fall 2019 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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