Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Post-Birth Abortion?

Euthanasia has been a hot topic for a number of years, and the main tenent of the pro-mercy killing crowd was that we should help those who wanted to die if they were suffering from severe pain. Once that gained acceptance in Europe, it was only a matter of time before they would take the next step--mercy killings of those who couldn't communicate whether they wanted to live or die.

Doctors in the Netherlands have already started to kill new born babies setting forth the guidelines of when and how to kill terminally ill infants.

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - 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 August, the main Dutch doctors' association KNMG urged the Health Ministry to create an independent board to review euthanasia cases for terminally ill people "with no free will," including children, the severely mentally retarded and people left in an irreversible coma after an accident....

The guideline says euthanasia is acceptable when the child's medical team and independent doctors agree the pain cannot be eased and there is no prospect for improvement, and when parents think it's best.

This reminds me of a Robert Bork chapter entitled "Killing for Convenience" in one of his books. He basically predicts how once the basic tenents of Euthanasia are accepted, then there is virtually no stopping point.

It is only a matter of time before the same proponents are using this logic to argue that they should kill infants for other reasons (ie. burden on the parents, financial strain, and even inconvenience) in essence, de facto abortion.


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