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Pushing Infanticide: From Holland to New Jersey

Wesley J. Smith

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Bureaucracy has trumped morality in the Netherlands. How else can one explain a country where, when doctors admit publicly that they commit eugenic infanticide, the leaders' response is not to prosecute them for murder, but instead to urge that guidelines be created under which future baby killings can openly take place?

The "Groningen Protocol" -- named after a pediatric hospital which admittedly permits doctors to end the lives of babies born with disabilities or terminal conditions -- seeks to normalize infanticide by bringing the practice out of the shadows and into the light of day. Under this thinking, it isn't the killing that is wrong, but the secrecy.

Secrecy? What secrecy? It has been widely known for years that Dutch doctors kill disabled and dying babies. As far back as 1992, the Dutch Royal Society of Medicine published guidelines to be used in deciding whether to kill a baby, including whether the child would ever be able to live independently, experience "self realization" (being able to hear, read, write, labor) and have meaningful interpersonal relations.

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Posted: 27-Mar-05



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