Human Exceptionalism

Belgian Transsexual Euthanized!

I can’t stand it. Nathan Verhelst underwent a botched sex change surgery, and then was euthanized to put him out of his despair. From the Daily Mail story:

A Belgian transsexual has chosen to die by euthanasia after a botched sex change operation to complete his transformation into a man left him a ‘monster’. Nathan Verhelst, 44, died yesterday afternoon after being allowed have his life ended on the grounds of ‘unbearable psychological suffering’…

In the hours before his death he told Belgium’s Het Laatse Nieuws: ‘I was ready to celebrate my new birth. But when I looked in the mirror, I was disgusted with myself. ‘My new breasts did not match my expectations and my new penis had symptoms of rejection. I do not want to be… a monster.’…

It is understood to be the first time someone in Belgium has chosen euthanasia after a sex-change, and comes soon after it emerged that it is now the cause of nearly one in 50 deaths in the country. Mr Verhelst died after a lethal injection administered by the same doctor who last year ended the lives of congenitally deaf twins who were also going blind.

For those who may not recall, here’s the story on the twins. There have also been cases of joint euthanasia deaths of elderly couples in Belgium. Then there was the case of the woman euthanized because she was sexually assaulted by her psychiatrist! Moreover, Belgian doctors now euthanize disabled and mentally ill people and harvest their organs.

Words rarely fail me. But they do here. How low to things have to go before people finally see?

Wesley J. Smith — Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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