DATE: 12/01/2004 10:23:00 AM
Murderous Mercy - Once in awhile, a story comes along that exceeds one's capacity for horror. This article from the Netherlands is one of those. Here is the lead:
A hospital in the Netherlands - the first nation to permit euthanasia - recently proposed guidelines for mercy killings of terminally ill newborns, and then made a startling revelation: It has already begun carrying out such procedures, which include administering a lethal dose of sedatives.What's truly awful about this story is that it's not completely unexpected. The Netherlands is the first country to approve euthanasia for terminally ill patients. This protocol simply expands the population of those who can be euthanized to infants. It's a logical progression of an appalling practice.
The issue here doesn't seem to be whether the leaders of the Netherlands have lost their moral compass. That they already have is obvious. The issue is the response of this country, and of the church. The Vatican has responded strongly to this news, as they should. How will the all-too-often complacent church in the United States respond?
Obviously, the first response should be prayer. After that, we should start weaving cords. Outrage is an appropriate response to this egregious lack of simple human decency. The Netherlands have convinced themselves that right is wrong and wrong is right. The most important thing the church in America can do, though, is ensure that those who agree with such practices never gain power here. Pro-euthanasia politicians should be denied positions of influence.
This news makes the battle over our courts even more important than it was before. America needs judges who can interpret the laws relating to life and death, not create new laws that allow doctors and administrators to make decisions regarding the value of a particular life. The battle we have to fight is one of prevention, not response. We can't wait until it starts happening here to fight this practice. It has to start now.