Thursday, August 26, 2004

Doctors demand baby 'euthanasia' commission

The slippery slope is not a myth.
The Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) has written a pressing letter to Health State Secretary Clemence Ross urging for clear regulations to be set up governing the ending of life of newborn babies with severe disabilities. The lives of between 20 and a hundred such babies are ended each year and the practice has no external method of supervision. The KNMG is demanding the creation of a supervisory commission. Despite the fact that the life of a baby is ended on request dozens of times each year, the matter is scarcely reported and difficult to control. Ross has in the past promised to resolve the situation, but the KNMG is demanding immediate action. The Health Ministry will report to the Parliament over the matter in autumn.

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