La legge olandese sull’eutanasia, a quanto pare, consente di assassinare – con o senza il consenso dei genitori – bambini handicappati dal momento della nascita fino all’età di dodici anni. Qualcuno mi potrebbe cortesemente spiegare in che cosa questa legge differirebbe da quelle varate dal governo nazista? Qualcuno mi potrebbe cortesemente spiegare perché chiamare nazista una legge nazista sarebbe cosa disdicevole?


Aggiornamento (grazie a Russell). Under the Groningen protocol, if doctors at the hospital think a child is suffering unbearably from a terminal condition, they have the authority to end the child's life. The protocol is likely to be used primarily for newborns, but it covers any child up to age 12.
The hospital, beyond confirming the protocol in general terms, refused to discuss its details.
"It is for very sad cases," said a hospital spokesman, who declined to be identified. "After years of discussions, we made our own protocol to cover the small number of infants born with such severe disabilities that doctors can see they have extreme pain and no
hope for life. Our estimate is that it will not be used but 10 to 15 times a year."
A parent's role is limited under the protocol. While experts and critics familiar with the policy said a parent's wishes to let a child live or die naturally most likely would be considered, they note that the decision must be professional, so rests with doctors (qui).

Pubblicato il 22/3/2006 alle 18.7 nella rubrica Diario.

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