Friday, December 10, 2004

Euthanasia debate in Europe focuses on children

For many years, anti-euthanasia groups have argued that, if voluntary euthanasia of consenting adults was legalised, it wouldn't be long before other groups of people may be involuntarily euthanased. According to this article in, Dutch doctors have euthanased four newborns in recent months believing that they were terminally ill. These actions were taken under the Groningen protocol.
Under the Groningen protocol, if doctors at the hospital think a child is suffering unbearably from a terminal condition, they have the authority to end the child's life. The protocol is likely to be used primarily for newborns, but it covers any child up to age 12.

You can read the whole news story here.

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