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Healthy 28-Year-Old Granted Access to Euthanasia

Offering euthanasia to young, healthy people who struggle with mental health is a defeatist attitude that disregards the sanctity of life.

In a heart-wrenching story emerging from the Netherlands, Zoraya ter Beek, a 28-year-old woman grappling with the profound challenges of depression, autism, and borderline personality disorder, has made the decision to end her life legally through euthanasia. This decision, despite her physical health, her loving relationship with her boyfriend, and the comfort of living with her two cats, sends a chilling message about the state of mental health care and the sanctity of life.

Ter Beek’s journey, from aspiring psychiatrist to deciding on euthanasia, underscores a grave concern: the increasing acceptance of euthanasia as a solution for those enduring mental anguish. This marks not only a troubling departure from a commitment to life at all stages but also highlights a societal willingness to surrender in the face of treatable, albeit challenging, mental health conditions.

The narrative that there’s “nothing more we can do for you” is a defeatist and dangerous one, particularly when it echoes through the halls of medical institutions meant to heal and support. It reflects a broader, more disturbing trend where individuals, especially the young suffering from psychiatric conditions, are seemingly abandoned by a healthcare system that should instead be tirelessly seeking innovative and compassionate treatments.

As Christians and as staunch defenders of the pro-life ethos, we must confront this growing normalization of euthanasia with unwavering conviction. Life, in all its forms and stages, is a sacred gift. To endorse the premature ending of life as a viable option for those in despair is to turn our backs on the profound potential for redemption, healing, and growth that lies at the heart of the human experience.

Furthermore, the ceremonial aspects surrounding ter Beek’s planned euthanasia—intended to offer solace—tragically underscore the profundity of the choice to relinquish life’s inherent value. It’s a somber reminder that behind each statistic and policy debate on euthanasia lies individual human stories, each infused with potential, deserving of dignity, and worthy of every effort to preserve life.

As we reflect on these developments, let us renew our commitment to advocating for a society that upholds the sanctity of life, champions comprehensive and compassionate mental health care, and resolutely supports individuals and families navigating the complexities of mental illness. In doing so, we affirm our foundational belief in the value of every life and our collective responsibility to foster hope, healing, and perseverance in the face of life’s most daunting challenges.

Jay Shepard

Jay Shepard

Jay is a Director of The American Center for Education and Knowledge, a 501-c3 non-profit committed to protecting the ideals of individual rights, freedom of will and personal responsibility while defending American exceptionalism. Jay was elected as the National Committeeman to the Republican National Committee for Vermont in both 2012, 2016 and 2020.