Sunday, May 1, 2011

UK Doctor Advocates Killing Infants - Just because

Aren't we lucky!! A prominent UK doctor is calling for killing infants even if they have no "quality of life" issues. That is, the pro-deathers have now (predictably) moved from advocating killing infants with disabilities to just any old infant. I predict that very soon we'll see a renewed push for assisted suicide and euthanasia for any reason, anytime, by anyone, and for all stages of life.
Proposal to withhold care from sick babies is unethical, Vatican adviser says
A proposal to allow premature or sick newborn babies to die even when their life would be deemed worth living by medical staff has been condemned by a leading member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.
Doctor Carlo Bellieni says the suggestion being made by the Oxford-based physician James Wilkinson is both “flawed” and “an erroneous way of considering life.”
Dr. Wilkinson outlines his controversial argument in the American Journal of Bioethics. “The prevailing official view is that treatment may be withdrawn only if the burdens in an infant’s future life outweigh the benefits. ... I conclude that it is justifiable in some circumstances for parents and doctors to decide to allow an infant to die even though the infant’s life would be worth living,” Dr. Wilkinson wrote. more

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