Marlowe's Shade

Monday, November 06, 2006

UK OB-GYNs Jump On the Groningen Bandwagon

From The Independent

How cold-blooded is this quote?

"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."

That was the opinion of the The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology in a submission to the medical regulatory body, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

In this twisted moral thinking, it's being positioned as a way of reducing late term abortions:

Deliberate action to end infants' lives may also reduce the number of late abortions, since it would allow women the chance to decide whether their disabled child should live.


John Harris, a member of the official Human Genetics Commission and professor of bioethics at Manchester University, welcomed the college's submission. "We can terminate for serious foetal abnormality up to term, but cannot kill a newborn," he told The Sunday Times. "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?"

It's pretty clear that the Dutch model is now spreading to all of Europe. The Continent has become a dangerous place for the disabled.
papijoe 10:39 AM