Skip to comments.Dutch Arrest Woman for Committing Infanticide without Doctor Approval
Posted on 08/12/2010 4:33:18 PM PDT by wagglebee
NIJ BEETS, Netherlands, August 12, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) A woman has been arrested for killing her four newborn children and packing their remains away in suitcases in the Netherlands - a country where infanticide is legal as long a doctor administers the dose.
According to Radio Netherlands Worldwide, the unnamed 25-year-old woman was a well-known and liked dentists assistant in the rural town of Nij Beets, in the Dutch province of Friesland. She managed to keep the infanticides secret for years until her Wednesday arrest, and remains now in police custody.
Police were tipped off by a suspicious neighbor who noted that the woman kept getting visibly pregnant, but never had any children. After authorities found her story of putting up the children for adoption did not pan out, the woman confessed to the murders and showed them where the infants corpses lay: packed away in suitcases in her parents attic.
The children were reportedly born between 2002 and 2010. Her parents, with whom she has been living, have denied any knowledge of their daughters pregnancies.
The Dutch womans infanticides, however, are the latest in a string of media reports of at least three women in France, who had also committed multiple infanticides.
Despite local shock and outrage at the infanticides, Dutch case law permits the killing of newborns for unbearable suffering by doctors following a checklist called the Groningen Protocol.
The Groningen Protocol for Euthanasia in Newborns its official title was developed by doctors at the Groningen University Medical Center in 2002 with the cooperation of the Dutch Prosecution Office. Its principal author, Dr. Eduard Verhagen, MD, explained the protocols requirements: The diagnosis and prognosis must be certain; Hopeless and unbearable suffering must be present; The diagnosis, prognosis, and unbearable suffering must be confirmed by at least one independent doctor; Both parents must give informed consent; The procedure must be performed in accordance with the accepted medical standard."
Under these conditions, the Dutch accept eugenic infanticide estimating 15-20 official infant killings per year. The doctor informs a coroner of the infant euthanasia, who then reports the killing to the district attorney. Most of the infants killed have been those diagnosed with spina bifida.
Dutch pediatric neurosurgeon Rob de Jong criticized the Groningen Protocol in the medical journal Child's Nervous System arguing that it is difficult to prove that the suffering of an infant is or will remain unbearable. In an article discussing infants with spina bifida, De Jong cited a number of cases of physicians who, in retrospect, have been forced to acknowledge that their initial diagnosis was incorrect. (see coverage)
Bioethicist Wesley J. Smith at his First Things blog wryly opined that perhaps authorities planned to charge the woman with practicing medicine without a license.
So, whats the difference between the accused woman and doctors who kill babies? An MD license? The use of a lethal injection? Or is it bigotry against babies who will have disabilities or have terminal diseases? said Smith. Perhaps the womans defense will be she didnt want them to suffer by being adopted.
For further reading:
The Groningen Protocol Euthanasia in Severely Ill Newborns by Dr. Eduard Verhagen, MD
See related coverage by LifeSiteNews.com:
SHOCK: Newborns Who Suffer are "Better off Dead" - "World's Most Prestigious" Bioethics Journal
Paediatric Neurosurgeons Criticize Dutch Practice of Euthanasia on Babies With Spina Bifida
Italian Minister Accuses Holland of "Nazism" for Euthanasia Laws
Holland to Allow Baby Euthanasia
Infant Euthanasia Underreported in Netherlands, Study Finds
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Sacrificing their children to the god Molech.
I don’t know about all spina bifida cases, but I worked with a guy in TX who had it. He was in a wheelchair, but he was a teacher and the kids loved him. He got married and seemed to have a full life. He died fairly young, but I don’t think he would have said he’d prefer to have been killed at birth. And he brought a lot to the lives of others.
Exactly, spinal bifida shortens and happens a person’s life, but it IS NOT a death sentence.
Just a post-partum abortion. No biggee.
< / moral relativism >
What ever happened to 'first do no harm'.
IIRC, Cass Sustein, Obama's "Regulatory Czar", thinks we should be able to abort babies up to the age of 2 YEARS.
The libertarians will be upset that you need a doctors approval to kill your children. /s
I checked another article and it stated that a long life expectancy along with suffering is reason to murder your child. In other words if your kid will burden you, you can kill him or her.
It’s a violation of the fundamental right to life. The Dutch government is illegitimate until they fix this problem.
I’ve heard of the Groningen Protocol, but I thought it was what the Nazis called one of their euthanasia programs.
It’s okay, officer; I have a license to kill the baby.
Yep, okay, everything seems to be in order. Go ahead.
And we want to emulate the Euro’s why?
Correction to my post #9
I need to change the name of Obama’s guy. It’s John P. Holdren, his Science Adviser but, hey they’re all nuts.
So, state sanctioned murder of babies is OK but privately done isn’t?
This is the inevitable outcome of this kind of euthanasia mentality.
If the state says it’s OK and does it without consequences, people will come to believe that it’s acceptable for them to do it as well.
The Nazi euthanasia program was called “Aktion T4,” as best I can tell the Dutch modeled the Groningen Protocol after the Nazis.
Sad to say, I wouldn't be shocked to see that mentality from libertarians, even on FR of all places.
I see no difference between abortion and infanticide, same thing. Both wrong.