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October 11, 2005

Holland love affair with death

From Agape Press...

Burke Balch, director of the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics of the National Right to Life Committee, says the Netherlands is no longer sliding down a slippery slope, but rather has fallen off a moral cliff as the medical community in that nation expands its euthanasia practices. He notes that the Dutch government intends to expand its euthanasia guidelines to include so-called "mercy killing" of children with spina bifida or other disabilities, as long as the parents consent.

This development is horrifying, though not surprising, Balch contends, because once a price is placed on human life, the price goes down. "In the Netherlands, although they started with purely voluntary euthanasia for people who were dying," he says, "they moved very rapidly to individuals who were not dying but were disabled."

Soon after that, the head of the Powell Center says, doctors in the Netherlands started euthanizing "individuals who were neither dying nor disabled but who were simply old and, in fact, lonely. They moved on to depressed patients, then they moved into cases where the patient hadn't given consent at all."

Maybe this would explain why the Dutch colony of Aruba seems to apathetic to the apparent murder of an American teenager. It was just another mercy killing.

Posted by Danny Carlton at October 11, 2005 06:08 AM

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What a stupid, racist comment.
Has anyone at Agape (or you?) ever been to Holland?
It's a wonderful place, certinly far more livable than the Bible Belt states.

- m.

Posted by: Sparky at October 13, 2005 11:14 AM

The Dutch obsession with death has resulted in the murders of quite a few disabled people, including infants. It's a wonderful place if you aren't handicapped or don't plan on ever getting old. Good luck with that.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at October 13, 2005 02:45 PM

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