“We felt terrible watching her suffer,” said Anita at their home near Amsterdam.
“We felt we were letting her down.”
Frank and Anita began to believe
that their daughter would be better off dead. “She kept throwing up milk that
was fed through a tube in her nose,” said Anita. “She seemed to be saying,
‘Mummy, I don’t want to live any more. Let me go’.”
Eventually, doctorsagreed to help the baby die at seven months. The feeding was stopped. Chanou wasgiven morphine.
So these parents who somehow could interpret a baby’s suffering as a plea to be killed asked a doctor to starve it to death? They are Parents of the Year Award material for sure. But they were not alone.
Each year in Holland at least 15 seriously ill babies, most of them with severe spina bifida or chromosomal abnormalities, are helped to die by doctors acting with the parents’ consent. But only a fraction of those cases are reported to the authorities because of the doctors’ fears of being charged with murder.
Things are about to change, however, making it much easier for parents and doctors to end the suffering of an infant.
A committee set up toregulate the practice will begin operating in the next few weeks, effectivelymaking Holland, where adult euthanasia is legal, the first country in the worldto allow “baby euthanasia” as well.
The only four places that today openly and legally, authorize active assistance in dying of patients, are:So the Dutch have no qualms about passing laws to help you kill people but they take a dim view of people who assist suicides outside the law. Hmmm. Is it just me or does anyone else see a slippery slope where once you legalize killing babies after they are born All of a sudden your society just starts killing its undesirables? An unwanted baby would “suffer” from neglect so it would be “better off dead”. How about toddlers, tweens and teenagers who develop a disease later on or get paralyzed because of an accident? Surely these burdens to their progressive parents would rather be euthanised then live and suffer. They would be “better off dead” which would probably become the official battle cry of the right-to-die crowd.
- Oregon (since l997, physician-assisted suicide only);
- Switzerland (1941, physician and non-physician assisted suicide only);
- Belgium (2002, permits 'euthanasia' but does not define the method;
- Netherlands (voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide lawful since April 2002 but permitted by the courts since l984).
Two doctors must be involved in Oregon, Belgium, and the Netherlands, plus a psychologist if there are doubts about the patient's competency. But that is not stipulated in Switzerland, although at least one doctor usually is because the
right-to-die societies insist on medical certification of a hopeless or terminal condition before handing out the lethal drugs. The Netherlands permits voluntary euthanasia as well as physician-assisted suicide, while both Oregon and Switzerland bar death by injection. Dutch law enforcement will crack down on any non-physician assisted suicide they find, recently sentencing an old man to six months imprisonment for helping a sick, old woman to die.