Dutch Set to Expand Euthanasia to Include Infanticide

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"The Dutch government intends to expand its current euthanasia policy, setting guidelines for when doctors may end the lives of terminally ill newborns with the parents' consent," the Associated Press reported on September 29. Dutch Health Ministry spokeswoman Annette Dijkstra told AP that "a letter outlining the new directives will be submitted to parliament for discussion by mid-October, but the new policy will not require a vote or change of law."

AP noted that "under the protocol, euthanasia would be permissible when a child is terminally ill with no prospect of recovery and suffering great pain, when two sets of doctors agree the situation is hopeless and when parents give their consent." Not only would this policy cheapen the value of innocent, helpless human life, it "is especially significant because it will provide the model for how the country treats other cases in which patients are unable to say whether they want to live or die, such as those involving the mentally retarded or elderly people who have become demented."

The only model this government-sanctioned infanticide provides is one that wins further acceptance for placing the authority over life and death in the hands of the state. The Dutch government "will establish a vetting commission--modeled on com missions currently in place for adult euthanasia--to determine whether conditions have been met in each case and to refer the case to public prosecutors if they do not. …