Carol Platt Liebau: Welcome to the Brave New World

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Welcome to the Brave New World

Sorry to be such a downer this morning -- but here's a story that simply cannot be ignored.

It's about a horror taking place in the Netherlands called The Groningen Protocols," which authorizes the euthanizing of babies deemed by an independent board to be "incurable."

According to this piece, the protocol can be applied to children UP UNTIL THE AGE OF 12, and:

"A parent's role is limited under the protocol. While experts and critics familiar with the policy said a parent's wishes to let a child live or die naturally most likely would be considered, they note that the decision must be professional, so rests with doctors."

What does this mean? Theoretically, at least, a child deemed by an independent board to be "incurable" (read: too much of a burden on a socialized health care system) could be executed against his or her own wishes -- and against the wishes of his or her own patients.

No mortal can presume to know the mind of the Almighty, but surely things like this make Him weep.


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