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.
Now isn’t that a fine way to establish public policy. Sort of makes the activists trying to slam thru gay marriage look deliberative. It begs so many questions:
Can a hospital decide when to kill babies? Can these docs be accused of murder? When does it become the job of a doctor to decided who lives and dies? And when you have socialized medicine when does it become the job of a bean counter to decided who lives and dies because the state can’t afford the treatment?
All questions the Europhiles don’t want to answer.
The announcement by the Groningen Academic Hospital came amid a growing discussion in Holland on whether to legalize euthanasia on people incapable of deciding for themselves whether they want to end their lives – a prospect viewed with horror by euthanasia opponents and as a natural evolution by advocates.
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 Health Ministry is preparing its response, which could come as soon as December, a spokesman said.
Three years ago, the Dutch parliament made it legal for doctors to inject a sedative and a lethal dose of muscle relaxant at the request of adult patients suffering great pain with no hope of relief.
The Groningen Protocol, as the hospital’s guidelines have come to be known, would create a legal framework for permitting doctors to actively end the life of newborns deemed to be in similar pain from incurable disease or extreme deformities.
So a hospital policy to kill babies will become the de facto law? An odd way to make policy.
Of course this could never happen here… Right? Right?
I’ll blog more after I can give it thought… Now it just angers me that they started killing babies on a whim.
Capt Ed was nice enough to read my mind and transcribe it on his blog, saving me the typing. He even got this part word for word. (and even spell checked it for me too)
Much has been made of the supposed “values vote” in the last American election, probably too much, as the data on which the speculation is based is too flawed for broad assumptions. However, the euthanasia debate is completely about values: the value of human life and its meaning to human society. It is one thing for a person to take their own life, or for the family of a brain-dead relative to pull life support. What makes this different is the state apparatus taking on that decision for themselves, deciding who among the citizens supposedly under their protection has no worth and eats up too many resources to go on living. It profoundly repudiates millenia of Western thought, which teaches that individual human life has a precious — the religious would say sacred — value.
He forgot the bold, so I added it.
Read the whole thing and pretend I wrote it… He even uses one of my favorite jokes.