Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The baby, the enemy of the family

Disgusting. Heart wrenching. Stomach turning. I'm still trying to come up with an appropriate term for the views posed in this article from The Australian (thanks, again, to the folks at catholic-pages). After all, just how exactly do you describe the intentions of people who suggest "that 'active euthanasia' should be considered for the overall good of families, and to to [sic] spare parents the emotional burden and financial hardship of bringing up the hardest-hit babies"? As if the devil does not cackle enough at the door of every abortion clinic, these people believe now they must extend their "it's my body, my life, my decision" demeanor even when it is clearly no longer their body as the baby has been born.

Pieter Sauer, co-author of the Groningen Protocol, the Dutch national guidelines on euthanasia of newborns, claims British pediatricians unofficially perform mercy killings, and says the practice should be open.

"In England they have exactly the same type of patients as we have here," Dr Sauer said. "English neonatologists gave me the indication this is happening in their country."

And if that hasn't made you scratch your head enough yet,

The professor of human genetics at University College London, Joy Delhanty, said: "I would support these views. I think it is morally wrong to strive to keep alive babies that are then going to suffer many months or years of very ill health."

Only John Wyatt, consultant neonatologist at University College London is allowed any defense of life in this matter saying, "Intentional killing is not part of medical care." What ever happened to "first do no harm"? While I am utterly aghast at these thoughts and the desire of these people to make their twisted delusions law, I am also not surprised as the slippery slope of the Culture of Death is well-greased. Ave Maria, gratia plena...

Update: AmPap is also covering this story here. Good to see it's getting the coverage it deserves.