A Sad Ending And A New Beginning

Grind for June 9th
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“Do what you say you’re going to do. And try to do it a little better than you said you would.”

– Jimmy Dean



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The Headline

Dutch rape victim passes away from anorexia after requesting euthanasia

The Grind

On June 2nd, Dutch rape victim Noa Pothoven died after asking for euthanasia. She was 17 years old.

“Maybe this comes as a surprise to some, give my posts about hospitalization, but my plan has been there for a long time and is not impulsive,” she wrote on Instagram.

While initial reports claimed her death was the result of euthanasia, witnesses say she passed away from anorexia. Follow-up reports confirmed there were no signs of euthanasia.

“I have quit eating and drinking for a while now, and after many discussions and evaluations, it was decided to let me go because my suffering is unbearable,” she wrote. “I’m still breathing, but I’m not alive anymore.”

The Details

Pothoven developed anorexia, depression, and PTSD after she was molested and raped at ages 11, 12, and 14. She finally reported the attacks to police at age 16.

“I relive the fear, that pain every day,” wrote Pothoven in her memoir. “Always scared, always on my guard. And to this day my body still feels dirty…My house has been broken into, my body, that can never be undone.”

Pothoven was admitted to a hospital last year after her refusal to eat left her organs in critical condition. Doctors placed her into a medically-induced coma and attached tubes to provide nutrients.

When she awoke, her request for euthanasia was turned down.

“They consider that I am too young to die,” she told reporters. “They think I should finish my trauma treatment and that my brain must first be fully grown. That lasts until your 21st birthday. It’s broken me, because I can’t wait that long.”

Euthanasia has been legal in the Netherlands since 2002, but only in cases of “hopeless and unbearable” suffering. Patients between the ages of 12-16 must obtain parental consent.

Rumors that Pothoven was euthanized stem from her recent conversation with the “end of life” clinic, a controversial facility where doctors reconsider patients’ requests for euthanasia.

Pothoven invoked her legal right not to be force-fed last week and passed away Sunday surrounded by friends and family.



Deja Vu

The Headline

Latest iteration of DREAM Act offers citizenship status to 2.7 million illegals

The Grind

House lawmakers on Tuesday voted 237-187 in favor of a bill that would cancel deportations and grant citizenship rights to millions of illegal immigrants.

The proposal offers “Dreamers” conditional permanent residency for 10 years if they meet the following criteria:

— Arrive in the US before age 18

— Live in the US for four years before proposal is enacted

— Have a GED or high school diploma

— Pass a background check

To obtain full citizenship, “Dreamers” must fulfill one of four requirements:

— Earn a college degree

— Complete a two-year program in technical school or other institution of higher learning

— Serve in the military

— Work in the US for at least three years

The bill offers permanent residency to TPS and DED recipients if they meet the following criteria:

— Live in the US for more than three years before proposal is enacted

— Do not have felony convictions or multiple misdemeanors

The Details

The Dream and Promise Act is the latest version of a sweeping legalization proposal introduced in 2001. As estimated by the Migration Policy Institute, it could grant legal protections to 2.7 million people.

“This is a day that glorifies what America is to the world,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD). “A place of refuge, a place of safety, a place of opportunity.”

Republican critics who supported previous efforts to grant citizenship to “Dreamers” oppose this bill because it fails to address the emergency at the southern border and provides no strategy to reduce illegal immigration.

If passed, the Dream and Promise Act would produce even greater numbers of illegal immigration. Another sticking point for Republicans: the bill does not exclude immigrants with gang ties or DUI convictions.

The Takeaway

Democrats know the Dream and Promise Act will never make it through the Senate. What we are seeing here is a policy statement to voters ahead of the 2020 election: keep Democrats in office if you want to protect illegal immigrants.




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