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Death by Design: The Zoraya ter Beek Euthanasia Case Sparks Debate on End-of-Life Choices

BySamantha Jones

Apr 3, 2024
Dutch Woman Opted for Euthanasia Because of Incurable Mental Health Challenges

In the Netherlands, a debate has been sparked by the case of Zoraya ter Beek. The 28-year-old woman made the decision to undergo euthanasia in May due to her severe mental health struggles, including depression, autism, and borderline personality disorder. Despite having a supportive boyfriend and pets, ter Beek feels that her mental illness is incurable.

The growing trend of individuals choosing to take control of their final days through euthanasia has also been highlighted in this case. While some view it as concerning healthcare professionals resorting to euthanasia for mental health issues, others see it as a way to grant terminally ill patients more agency in their end-of-life decisions.

The legalization of euthanasia in the Netherlands in 2001 has led to a steady increase in the number of euthanasia deaths in the country. In 2022, euthanasia accounted for 5% of all deaths in the Netherlands, fueling criticism from those who believe the law may encourage suicide. Prior to taking a leave of absence, ter Beek addressed these concerns on social media.

As more individuals have been considering euthanasia as an acceptable option for ending their lives, particularly as mental health issues are exacerbated by various stressors such as economic uncertainty, climate change, and social media, healthcare ethicists in the Netherlands have raised concerns about the increasing acceptance of euthanasia for psychiatric disorders, especially among young people. Ter Beek’s euthanasia procedure will take place at her home where her doctor will administer a sedative followed by medication to stop her heart

By Samantha Jones

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