Horrendous arguments don’t usually begin in the public eye. They begin in smaller circles, between very smart people. And then one day we begin to see the actual results.
Let’s take infanticide.
“Of 299 consecutive deaths occurring in a special-care nursery, 43 (14 per cent) were related to withholding treatment.” Duff and Campbell, New England Journal of Medicine, October 1973.
“Where is the line to be drawn in the case of infanticide? This is not really a troubling question since there is no serious need to know the exact point at which a human infant acquires a right to life.” Tooley, In Defense of Abortion and Infanticide, p. 133.
“Decisions about severely handicapped infants should not be based on the idea that all human life is of equal value, nor on any other version of the sanctity of human life.” Kuhse and Singer, Should the Baby Live, p. 172.
“The Groningen Protocol was developed in order to assist with the decision making process when considering actively ending the life of a newborn, by providing the information required to assess the situation within a legal and medical framework.” Wikipedia
“According to A.A.E. Verhagen, who launched the initiative (Groningen Protocol): ‘It’s time to be honest about the unbearable suffering endured by newborns with no hope of a future. All over the world doctors end lives discretely out of compassion, without any kind of regulation. Worldwide, the US included, many deaths among newborns are based on end of life decisions, after physicians reached the conclusion that there was no quality of life. This is happening more and more frequently.’
“When labor was induced and a baby was born, Dr. Gosnell would kill it by cutting into its neck and severing its spinal cord in a process he referred to as ‘snipping.’” New York Times, January 19, 2011.
A final word from Dr. Grace Vuoto, Executive Director of the Edmund Burke Institute for American Renewal:
“There is nothing merciful about mercy killing: it is just another glorified way for the young and strong to discard those who are inconvenient. America is on the path to a war of all against all, as parents devour their children before they are born and children devour their parents as they are dying.”