Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Everlasting Splendors

Dutch baby killing.

Hugh Hewitt argues that Man cannot make decisions to end the lives of the innocent and helpless (what didn't we learn from World War II?).

All lives the same value, period. From C.S. Lewis' "The Weight of Glory":

"There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations--these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit--immortal horrors or everlasting splendours."

Each of these babies is an "everlasting splendour". . . .

As I ask over at Sierra Sanity (and replay here now), when will Oregon allow baby killing?

It's just the natural progression of euthanasia, right?

As many of you may know, yesterday Matt Drudge shone a bright light on Dutch baby killing, and by extension, the Big Media darkness in failing to cover the story.

Hugh Hewitt is also asking why Big Media aren't discussing the story.

More importantly, Hugh is asking how can civilization tolerate this Hitlerite nonsense:

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.

Hugh also highlights the fact that parents' requests are not really, well, that important.

A parent's role is limited under the protocol. While experts and critics familiar with the policy said a parent's wishes to let a child live or die naturally most likely would be considered, they note that the decision must be professional, so rests with doctors.


Opponents of expanding euthanasia to the young cite a recent Dutch court ruling against punishment for a doctor who injected fatal drugs into an elderly woman after she told him she didn't want to die.

The court determined that he'd made "an error of judgment," but had acted "honorably and according to conscience."

News reports say that since that decision some elderly hospital patients are carrying written appeals not to be euthanized. . . .

Error of Judgement? Honorably?

And, this final bit of irony suggests Adolf is laughing from his ashes.

A German company has proposed a nursing home just across the border from the Netherlands that would be promoted to aging Dutch residents as a safe haven in a country where euthanasia is illegal and likely to remain so.

Will such homes spring up in Idaho?