British College: Allow Doctors To Kill Babies With
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 6, 2006
LONDON, ENGLAND--Disability rights advocates in the United Kingdom this week expressed anger and fear over a recommendation by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists that the deliberate killing of babies with disabilities be considered as a treatment option.
The college suggested in a Sunday Times of London article that "active euthanasia" should be considered for the overall good of families, and to keep parents from the emotional and economic hardship of raising a child with disabilities.
"We would like the working party to think more radically about non-resuscitation, withdrawal of treatment decisions, the best interests test, and active euthanasia, as they are ways of widening the management options available to the sickest of newborns," the statement read.
The medical school urged a public debate on the issue, declaring "a very disabled child can mean a disabled family," and suggesting that the practice might actually prevent late term abortions if parents and doctors have the option of killing a baby after it is born.
Simone Aspis of the British Council of Disabled People responded: "If we introduced euthanasia for certain conditions it would tell adults with those conditions that they were worth less than other members of society."
Alison Davis of No Less Human said: "Disabled people, particularly those with conditions regarded as 'severe' will be both appalled and afraid by the RCOG's call. Already we are aware that disabled babies are killed up to birth because of 'severe disability'."
"Once it is established that killing is acceptable on grounds of disability it is inevitable that it will spread to encompass increasing numbers of victims."
"Doctors: let us kill disabled babies" (Times of London)
"Allow 'active euthanasia' for disabled babies, doctors urge" (The Independent)
"Euthanasia proposal will pressure vulnerable parents, says LIFE" (Inspire Magazine)
"'Assisted dying' is it now the turn of the new-born?" (Care Not Killing)