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    Holland to Allow Baby Euthanasia
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    By Gudrun Schultz

    GRONINGEN, Holland, March 6, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – It will be legal to euthanize children in Holland within a few weeks. Doctors will now be able to collaborate openly with parents for the death of severely handicapped or suffering children, without risking charges of murder[color=red:1fw2djbt].(THATS WHAT HILTER DID)[/color:1fw2djbt]
    The country has set up a committee to regulate the illicit killing of seriously ill infants by doctors. The Groningen Protocol, drafted by euthanist Dr. Verhagen of the Groningen hospital and adopted by the committee, will allow doctors to kill children who are suffering extreme pain from terminal illness[color=darkred:1fw2djbt](WHAT THE HECK DOES THAT MEAN??), [/color:1fw2djbt]with no hope of recovery. The parents must give consent, and two doctors must agree on the child’s diagnosis.

    Adult euthanasia has been legal in Holland since 2001, but this is the first time a country has allowed parents and doctors to kill a child.

    Doctors in Holland already “help to die” at least 15 babies every year, with no legal consequences.

    The suffering caused by bizarre genetic disorders is frequently used to justify child euthanasia. [color=red:1fw2djbt]In fact, a more frequent cause for euthanasia has been the more commonly occurring disorder spina bifida. Between 2002 and 2004, Groningen hospital began reporting cases of infant euthanasia to authorities all deaths were of infants with spina bifida,[/color:1fw2djbt] according to the Times.

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    British Doctors Recommend Euthanasia for Disabled Newborn Babies
    by Steven Ertelt
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    November 6, 2006
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    London, England (LifeNews.com) — England’s leading physicians organization has generated a firestorm of controversy by suggesting that doctors use euthanasia to [color=red:4e5jg97g]kill newborn babies who are born prematurely and have severe brain damage or major physical problems. [/color:4e5jg97g]The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecology suggests killing the infants is preferable to any extensive surgeries or other treatments.

    The suggestion came in the form of a list of recommendations to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, which is looking into ethical issues brought about by advances in medicine.

    Euthanasia is prohibited in England but the Royal College insisted it be included in the guidelines and suggested that[color=red:4e5jg97g] medical care for extremely disabled babies would be a financial, social and emotional drain on the parents.[/color:4e5jg97g]
    “[color=red:4e5jg97g]A very disabled child can mean a disabled family. If life-shortening and deliberate interventions to kill infants were available, [/color:4e5jg97g]they might have an impact on obstetric decision-making,” the group wrote, according to a London Times news report.

    “We would like the working party to think more radically about non-resuscitation, withdrawal of treatment decisions, the best interests test, and active euthanasia, as they are ways of widening the management options available to the sickest of newborns,” it added.

    The recommendation included both active euthanasia, directly killing a newborn, and passive euthanasia, which would included cases where lifesaving medical treatment would be withheld.

    The group also said promoting euthanasia would reduce late-term abortions as parents could go ahead with the birth and kill the baby afterwards if they decide she would have too much trouble leading a healthy life.

    The UK’s Disabled People’s Council vehemently rejected the idea and said doctors don’t have a right to determine which disabled patients live or die.

    Nancy Valko, a spokeswoman for Nurses for Life in the United States, also objected to the Royal College’s call for euthanasia.

    “There are many people who think that a bright line can be drawn at birth and therefore do not want to get involved in abortion controversy,” Valko told LifeNews.com.

    “This [call for euthanasia] shows the connection,” she added. “As one doctor says, ‘What do people think has happened in the passage down the birth canal to make it OK to kill the foetus at one end of the birth canal but not the other?'”

    The call comes just weeks after the second part of a study showing doctors in England are less likely to engage in euthanasia or assisted suicide than their European counterparts.

    When British physicians do engage in those practices they normally don’t intervene until a patient has less than a week to live.

    That’s the conclusion of an article that will soon be published in the Palliative Medicine journal and the results of the study are based on a survey of 857 doctors.

    Clive Seale, the Brunel University professor who conducted the research, is also the author of a previous study which found euthanasia played a role in the deaths of nearly 3,000 patients in 2004.

    In the new survey, Seale compared the attitudes of British doctors with those in the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland. Holland, Belgium and Switzerland have legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia.

    Seale found that British doctors were more likely to discuss end of life issues with colleagues but more cautious in killing a patient.

    He found that doctors were less likely to move ahead with assisted suicide or euthanasia because of the British culture’s higher reliance on shared decision-making and palliative care as well as fears of prosecution.

    In his previous study, Seale found that British doctors do not want to see the legalization of assisted suicide despite a campaign to do that.

    But it also found that, of the 584,791 deaths in the UK in 2004, 936 were by voluntary euthanasia and 1,930 involved the doctor killing the patient without the patient’s consent, though a large portion of those deaths included patients who died during the normal course of medical treatment.

    Of the euthanasia deaths, one-third of them were the result of doctors treating the symptoms of a disease or injury and just under a third involved doctors withholding treatment in cases when it is supposedly in the best interest of the patient.

    Both of those courses of action are legal in Britain.

    None of the doctors in the previous poll said they had been involved in an assisted suicide and just 2.6 percent of the physicians surveyed said it would be beneficial to change the law to allow it.

    Last November, lawmakers in the House of Lords introduced a private members bill to legalize assisted suicide but pro-life, religious and doctor’s groups were able to defeat it.

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    [quote:upwf2svj]The group also said promoting euthanasia would reduce late-term abortions as parents could go ahead with the birth and kill the baby afterwards if they decide she would have too much trouble leading a healthy life. [/quote:upwf2svj]
    Yes, but the infanticide rate goes up. This is the stupidest reasoning I have ever seen. Who comes up with this crap?

    It’s just like making drug use legal thereby reducing the number of crimes.

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    by Steven Ertelt
    LifeNews.com Editor
    November 8, 2006

    London, England (LifeNews.com) — A British disability rights group is criticizing a call by England’s leading physicians organization suggesting that doctors use euthanasia to kill newborn babies who are born prematurely and have severe brain damage or major physical problems. The group says euthanasia will spread to older patients if accepted for infants.
    Alison Davis of No Less Human, says disabled people are “appalled and afraid” by the suggestion from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecology that killing the infants is preferable to any extensive surgeries or other treatments.

    “Already we are aware that disabled babies are killed up to birth because of ‘severe disability,'” she said, pointing to the abortion of unborn children with disabilities.

    “Once it is established that killing is acceptable on grounds of disability it is inevitable that it will spread to encompass increasing numbers of victims,” Davis, who has both spina bifida and hydrocephalus, explained.

    “The philosopher John Harris has made the point that there is no ethical difference between killing unborn disabled children and killing those who are born,” Davis added. “This is true, but his conclusion that therefore both are acceptable is false. Deliberate killing on grounds of disability is always wrong regardless of the age or status of the victim.”

    Davis said her group would join with the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children to protest outside the RCOG headquarters and would launch a petition against the organization’s position.

    The RCOG suggestion came in the form of a list of recommendations to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, which is looking into ethical issues brought about by advances in medicine.

    Euthanasia is prohibited in England but the Royal College insisted it be included in the guidelines and suggested that medical care for extremely disabled babies would be a financial, social and emotional drain on the parents.

    “A very disabled child can mean a disabled family. If life-shortening and deliberate interventions to kill infants were available, they might have an impact on obstetric decision-making,” the group wrote, according to a London Times news report.

    “We would like the working party to think more radically about non-resuscitation, withdrawal of treatment decisions, the best interests test, and active euthanasia, as they are ways of widening the management options available to the sickest of newborns,” it added.

    The recommendation included both active euthanasia, directly killing a newborn, and passive euthanasia, which would included cases where lifesaving medical treatment would be withheld.

    The group also said promoting euthanasia would reduce late-term abortions as parents could go ahead with the birth and kill the baby afterwards if they decide she would have too much trouble leading a healthy life.

    The UK’s Disabled People’s Council vehemently rejected the idea and said doctors don’t have a right to determine which disabled patients live or die.

    The call comes just weeks after the second part of a study showing doctors in England are less likely to engage in euthanasia or assisted suicide than their European counterparts.

    Last November, lawmakers in the House of Lords introduced a private members bill to legalize assisted suicide but pro-life, religious and doctor’s groups were able to defeat it.

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