Baby Euthanasia Allowed in The Netherlands
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- A hospital in the Netherlands -- the first nation to permit euthanasia -- recently proposed guidelines for mercy killings of terminally ill newborns, and then made a startling revelation: It already has begun carrying out such procedures, which include administering a lethal dose of sedatives.

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ROUS  Annette Collins, Wednesday, 12-1-04 12:08 PM
I'm outraged!
This just outrages me. I can't believe where we are heading as a "civilized" society. Where do you draw the line? Abortion, partial birth abortion, now euthanaisa for newborns? I understand the circumstances are slightly different, but still - not so much. If you have a test when you are pregnant to tell you that your child MAY have a life crippling disease or disability, the option to terminate the pregnancy WILL be mentioned by your doctor. When did we become a world so overly obsessed with perfection?

I was walking down the street today in downtown Portland. I saw 3 people with no legs, and 2 people with mental disablilities, one of which was in a wheelchair with no arms or legs. These people have the RIGHT to live. They can develop their own quality of life with love and care from others - ACCEPTANCE. I was really struck by this on my walk back to the office, and then I read this article. I am amazed at how much I have to be thankful - and I mean lie down and kiss the ground praising to God thankful - that I have as much as I do with my health, my friends, and my support system. How quickly we forget how fortunate we are. We pick at our flaws - our weight, our pimples, our wrinkles, our height... Why not look at the big picture and thank God everyday for the person we are and not think about what we want to change.
Angie, Friday, 12-3-04 2:43 PM

I'm stunned. Absolutley stunned. Appalled would work as well.
Stephanie, Monday, 12-6-04 8:42 AM
Oregon Physicians Weigh In
The outlook for the tiny patient appeared hopeless. Born with spina bifida, a birth defect that affects the covering of the spinal column, the newborn also seemed to have a malformed brain.

The question facing Dr. Mark Merkens was whether to perform a lifesaving -- but possibly futile -- operation or to let the baby die.

Merkens, director of the spina bifida program at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, recalled that the infant's brain looked so deformed that "it was possible the child would not experience interaction with human beings or anything going on in the environment."

"I discussed the case with an experienced colleague," he said, "and he made a minor point about the anatomy of the brain and the accuracy of our projection. We provided the lifesaving surgery."

Today that newborn is a young teenager who attends public school and has normal mental abilities.

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Annette, Monday, 12-6-04 11:43 AM
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