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By Gudrun Schultz

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, March 20, 2006 ( – An Italian minister has accused the Netherlands of adopting Nazi-style eugenics laws under the banner of euthanasia.

“Nazi legislation and Hitler’s ideas are re-emerging in Europe via Dutch euthanasia laws and the debate on how to kill ill children,” said Parliamentary Affairs minister Carlo Giovanardi on an Italian radio programme last Friday.

He said it is “eugenics” to debate killing children “who are ill or have Down syndrome.”

“We could just as easily apply this to senior citizens,” he said.

Giovanardi is a member of the conservative Christian Democrat party in Italy. Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende is also a Christian Democrat. He was outraged by Giovanardi’s comments, reported Expatica.

Another Italian political leader, Daniele Capezzone, a member of the secular ‘La Rosa nel Pugno’ party that supports euthanasia legislation, was also part of the radio programming. He called on Giovanardi to apologize, but the minister refused, and repeated his remarks.

Holland has recently adopted the recommendations of the Groningen Protocol, a committee that will regulate doctors in the killing of seriously ill children. Within a few weeks, it will be legal to kill children who are suffering from terminal illness with no hope of recovery.

The illicit euthanasia of infants has been going on in the country for some time—doctors already “help to die” at least 15-20 babies every year, with no legal consequences.

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