Wednesday, December 01, 2004

I've always said
...that it's a short step from supporting abortion based on terminal illness, or on the probability of an impoverished life, to saying "hey, this two year-old is terminally ill, so let's just kill him now." Well, the Netherlands has taken a step in that direction: "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."

Despicable and sickening. "Mercy killings of... newborns."

UPDATE [12/2/2004 - 21:02]: It's even worse than I thought. According to Hugh Hewitt: "The protocol is likely to be used primarily for newborns, but it covers any child up to age 12."

This is just disgusting, and Hewitt's analysis is spot-on in my opinion: "This is either a low point, or a point of no return. The establishment of "independent committees" to dispatch non-consenting humans is nothing but a death penalty committee for innocents. Once begun, it is impossible--simply impossible--to limit the concept with any bright line. Abortion, of course, has always been limited by the physical act of birth, and once out of the womb, only the most extreme "reproductive rights" advocates have argued that the baby's natural right to live can be compromised by the mother. But now the Netherlands has gone farther--much, much farther. If the "severely retarded" may be killed upon appropriate motion, second, debate, and majority vote, why not the moderately retarded? Why not the mildly retarded? Why not, in fact, anyone the "independent committee" deems as usefully dispatched."

How can anyone think this is ok? And why isn't it being covered by any of the national media?

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