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Global Journalist: Dutch Debate Rise in Euthanasia

Jul 18, 2019

Eelco de Gooijer, a Dutch man who chose to be euthanized in 2016.
Credit Photo: FilmMoment/Jesse van Venrooij

In the first of a two-part series on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, Global Journalist examines the issue in the Netherlands – the first country to legalize euthanasia.

Over the past decade the number of Dutch choosing to have a doctor end their lives voluntarily has climbed to nearly 7,000 per year, or about 4 percent of all deaths in the country. This includes physically-healthy people with dementia and psychological disorders that haven’t responded to treatment.  As the numbers have grown, so too has criticism of the process by which it’s carried out.


Joining the program:

  • Bert de Gooijer, father of a physically-healthy 38-year-old man who chose to be euthanized in 2016
  • Theo Boer, a professor of health care ethics at Protestant Theological University
  • Marianne Snijdewind, medical ethics researcher at Amsterdam University Medical Center

Note: This program first aired Feb. 21, 2019.

Assistant producers: Franziska Stadlmayer, Molly Jackson, Kyle Lahucik

Supervising producer: Rosemary Belson

Visual editor: Grace Lett