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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Netherlands: calls to legalise infant euthanasia
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¬†Campaigners today warned that the growing calls for infant euthanasia in the Netherlands provide a chilling glimpse of what would happen in the UK if euthanasia were ever legalised here. Martin Foley, Chief Executive, of LIFE said: "The campaign by the Dutch paediatrician, Dr Eduard Verhagen, for a further relaxation of Dutch euthanasia laws to free doctors like himself from the fear of prosecution when they kill terminally ill babies should serve as a wake up call to society. When euthanasia was first legalised in the Netherlands the Dutch were assured that it would be restricted to adults. This has proved not to be the case. Exactly the same phenomenon would be witnessed here in the UK if euthanasia were legalised. "LIFE recognises the challenges that terminally ill babies and babies with multiple special needs pose and the heartbreak that can be experienced by their loved ones. Rather than adopt a defeatist response like Dr Verhagen our pro-life response has been to set up a sister charity, the ZoŽ's Place Trust, which runs hospices for babies who have multiple special needs, one in Liverpool and one in Middlesbrough. We offer residential respite and palliative terminal care to babies aged 0-5 years. Our special babies are cared for by a fully qualified team of sick Children's Nurses and assistants. Our vision is that one day every city in the UK will have a ZoŽ's Place baby hospice. "LIFE urges politicians, nurses and doctors to reject calls for the legalisation of euthanasia. To die with dignity we do not need doctors to kill us." Source: LIFE
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