Saturday, December 04, 2004

The Groningen Protocol:Infant Euthanasia and the Substance View of Personhood

the evangelical outpost: The Groningen Protocol Infant Euthanasia and the Substance View of Personhood

"During the most recent election season, many critics, including some fellow evangelicals, criticized conservative Christians for being 'single-issue' voters on abortion. But what will soon become apparent is that abortion is not a single issue but a wedge issue that prys opens a Pandora's box of bioethical atrocities. Unless we stand together and convince our fellow citizens to recognize the substance view of personhood, we will soon find the Groningen Protocol practiced in our own hospitals and nurseries. "

1 comment:

  1. Pat-

    You and many of your readers probably don't want to know my views on a number of issues that you write about, but the article on 'the evengelical outpost' really opened my eyes. I have every confidence that if you are able to compare this to the treatment of other people with terminal illness, the "mercy killings" will be prevented.

    Reading some of the articles in the press like this one:
    "The Groningen Protocol, as the hospital's guidelines have come to be known, would create a legal framework for permitting doctors to actively end the life of newborns deemed to be in similar pain from incurable disease or extreme deformities."This is the phrase to focus on: actively end the life of... This is much different from witholding medical treatment, as was my first thought.

    Allow me to voice one word of caution, though. Some of the illnesses described sound absolutely horrible. Be careful not to leave the need to ease the pain in these cases out of the discussion. Failing to do so can appear cold and insensitive. (Reading this site for a few days, I wouldn't accuse anyone here of not being compassionate.) If you can offer a 'big picture' view that reassures everyone that there are reasonable alternatives for these parents where pain is prevented and nature can run its course, very few people will agrue against you.