Google+
Close

Human Exceptionalism

Life and dignity with Wesley J. Smith.

Child Asks King to Stop Pediatric Euthanasia



Text  



I don’t like using children to argue about public policy issues which they really can’t understand. This is no exception. But I present it because it illustrates three truths about euthanasia:

First, once euthanasia creates a beachhead, the killing agenda spreads. Permission in one jurisdiction then becomes the excuse to permit it in another.

Second: Once you let the euthanasia vampire in the door for one subset of people, the beast quickly starts feeding on others. For example, Quebec hasn’t legalized euthanasia yet and the Human Rights Commission already has recommended extending the killing to children.

Third: Pediatric euthanasia is the logical extension of euthanasia for adults. Indeed, infanticide has already become a relatively routine part of Netherlander neo natal medical practice. According to The Lancet, 8% of all babies who die in the Netherlands are killed by doctors, even though it remains murder under the law. Indeed, doctors are so confident they won’t be punished for killing sick babies, they published the Groningen Protocol, a bureaucratic check list detailing which babies can be euthanized.

The ad should have stuck with the doctor making the appeal to the king. But its truths remain valid:



Text  


Sign up for free NRO e-mails today:

Subscribe to National Review