AMSTERDAM, November 30, 2004 ( – A report out of the Netherlands, the first nation to legalize euthanasia, revealed that a Groningen hospital is admitting to euthanizing babies.

The country, in the process of drafting guidelines for the practice of euthanizing people incapable of making the decision for themselves, heard from Groningen Academic Hospital last month that they had already been carrying out the grizzly practice since at least 2000. That year five children, experiencing what doctors claim was “pain from incurable disease or extreme deformities,” were killed.  Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Executive Director, Alex Schadenberg, said that this is not new news. “The British Medical Journal revealed, already in 1997, that eight percent of all infant deaths in the Netherlands are from euthanasia for fetal anomalies. This is clearly eugenic euthanasia, and has nothing to do with having a terminal illness,” he said.  “The 2001 law made euthanasia legal only for consenting persons above the age of 12 and for children under 12 with parental consent,” Schadenberg pointed out. What is new is the proposal to eliminate an age restriction and the need for consent for persons who are unconscious or unable to make the decision for themselves. “The reason it is eugenic euthanasia, is because these babies are being killed not because they are going to die, but because they are going to live.”  The law states that euthanasia can be carried out on anyone who experiences unremitting suffering. “Clearly the only suffering many of these children will experience is that of being seen as abnormal, and no other,” Schadenberg emphasized.  “The slippery slope in the Netherlands has descended already into a vertical cliff,” American attorney and author Wesley J. Smith told the AP. He is the author of Forced Exit: the Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder.

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