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Tuesday, November 30, 2004


Killing Babies...And Children

This is absolutely amazing...although sadly not surprising:

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - A hospital in the Netherlands - the first nation to permit euthanasia - recently proposed guidelines for mercy killings of terminally ill newborns, and then made a startling revelation: It has already begun carrying out such procedures, which include administering a lethal dose of sedatives.
In an obvious and pitiful attempt to muddy the waters:

However, experts acknowledge that doctors euthanize routinely in the United States and elsewhere, but that the practice is hidden.

"Measures that might marginally extend a child's life by minutes or hours or days or weeks are stopped. This happens routinely, namely, every day," said Lance Stell, professor of medical ethics at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., and staff ethicist at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. "Everybody knows that it happens, but there's a lot of hypocrisy. Instead, people talk about things they're not going to do."
There is a fundamental difference between withholding treatment (i.e., allowing nature to take its course) and actively killing a human being. In the US we allow doctors and patients (or their surrogates) to decide when enough is enough...but we do not allow doctors to actively end life. To say otherwise is misleading. I can only assume that the deception is intentional in this case, since Mr. Stell is presented as an expert in the field. Pay attention to this debate. There is most certainly a slippery slope here and it is one we must avoid like the plague because the stakes are high indeed.

Some good commentary here.


More discussion over at Say Anything in the comment section.


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