See, when we say we’re against state-sanctioned euthanasia (in part) because we worry about a slippery slope, this is what we mean.
A Dutch health researcher has called on the nation’s government to allow physicians to euthanize newborns based on foreseen suffering, rather than only actual suffering, reports the Dutch medical journal Zorgkrant.
Hilde Buiting, maintains that such an amendment would only conform the law to the current practice among physicians.
“The current guidelines state that there must be actual grave suffering on the part of the newborn,” she said, as quoted in Zorgkrant. “In practice, physicians look not only to the actual suffering of the sick newborn, but also to the grave suffering foreseen in the future. This reality should be included in the considerations in adapting the guidelines.”
Andrea adds: This article points out that care for the terminally-ill in the Netherlands has declined since legalizing euthanasia:
Without elaborating, she admitted that medical care for the terminally-ill had declined since the law came into effect. She said more should have been done legally to protect people who wanted to die natural deaths. ‘In the Netherlands, we first listened to the political and societal demand in favour of euthanasia,’ said Dr Borst. ‘Obviously, this was not in the proper order.