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Dutch Arrest Woman for Committing Infanticide without Doctor Approval
LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/12/10 | Peter J. Smith

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 dentist’s 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 daughter’s pregnancies.

The Dutch woman’s 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 protocol’s 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, what’s 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 woman’s defense will be she didn’t want them to suffer by being adopted.” 
 

For further reading:

The Groningen Protocol — Euthanasia in Severely Ill Newborns by Dr. Eduard Verhagen, MD
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp058026  

See related coverage by LifeSiteNews.com:

SHOCK: Newborns Who Suffer are "Better off Dead" - "World's Most Prestigious" Bioethics Journal
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/feb/08022201.html 

Paediatric Neurosurgeons Criticize Dutch Practice of Euthanasia on Babies With Spina Bifida
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/jan/08011610.html 

Italian Minister Accuses Holland of "Nazism" for Euthanasia Laws
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2006/mar/06032003.html   
  
Holland to Allow Baby Euthanasia
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2006/mar/06030601.html 

Infant Euthanasia Underreported in Netherlands, Study Finds
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2005/mar/05031102.html



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bioethics; cultureofdeath; disgusting; eugenics; groningenprotocol; infanticide; lifehate; moralabsolutes; netherlands; prolife; sick
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.

Legalized MURDER.

1 posted on 08/12/2010 4:33:22 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 08/12/2010 4:34:01 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 08/12/2010 4:34:51 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Sacrificing their children to the god Molech.


4 posted on 08/12/2010 4:35:16 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: wagglebee
Dutch Arrest Woman for Committing Infanticide without Doctor Approval

ummm....uhhh.......................

5 posted on 08/12/2010 4:35:32 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Gawd I love being an American.)
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To: wagglebee

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.


6 posted on 08/12/2010 4:40:17 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: brytlea

Exactly, spinal bifida shortens and happens a person’s life, but it IS NOT a death sentence.


7 posted on 08/12/2010 4:45:59 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
"a country where infanticide is legal"

Just a post-partum abortion. No biggee.

< / moral relativism >

8 posted on 08/12/2010 4:46:34 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (How many plagues must Phara0bama bring before he Let's The People Go?)
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To: wagglebee
a country where infanticide is legal as long a doctor administers the dose.

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.

9 posted on 08/12/2010 4:47:30 PM PDT by RedMDer (Throw them all out in 2010... Forward with Confidence! Forward!)
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To: wagglebee

The libertarians will be upset that you need a doctors approval to kill your children. /s


10 posted on 08/12/2010 4:49:16 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: wagglebee

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.


11 posted on 08/12/2010 4:51:24 PM PDT by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: wagglebee

It’s a violation of the fundamental right to life. The Dutch government is illegitimate until they fix this problem.


12 posted on 08/12/2010 4:54:46 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: wagglebee

I’ve heard of the Groningen Protocol, but I thought it was what the Nazis called one of their euthanasia programs.


13 posted on 08/12/2010 4:55:51 PM PDT by LilAngel (FReeping on a cell phone is like making Christmas dinner in an Easy Bake Oven)
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To: wagglebee

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?


14 posted on 08/12/2010 4:56:01 PM PDT by lurk
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To: RedMDer

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.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2195459/posts


15 posted on 08/12/2010 4:56:39 PM PDT by RedMDer (Throw them all out in 2010... Forward with Confidence! Forward!)
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To: wagglebee

So, state sanctioned murder of babies is OK but privately done isn’t?

What hypocrites.


16 posted on 08/12/2010 4:57:55 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: wagglebee

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.


17 posted on 08/12/2010 4:59:24 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: LilAngel

The Nazi euthanasia program was called “Aktion T4,” as best I can tell the Dutch modeled the Groningen Protocol after the Nazis.


18 posted on 08/12/2010 5:00:42 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: GeronL; wagglebee
The libertarians will be upset that you need a doctors approval to kill your children. /s

Sad to say, I wouldn't be shocked to see that mentality from libertarians, even on FR of all places.

19 posted on 08/12/2010 5:01:15 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

I see no difference between abortion and infanticide, same thing. Both wrong.


20 posted on 08/12/2010 5:02:01 PM PDT by buffyt (Abortion is the ultimate CHILD ABUSE!)
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To: metmom; GeronL

I’ve basically heard these ideas expressed by some libertarians on FR.


21 posted on 08/12/2010 5:03:28 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: metmom

Hey, there are some who think child prostitution is just part of free trade and all that


22 posted on 08/12/2010 5:04:22 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: wagglebee

Yes, but didn’t the Nazis also have subprograms within T4 like Wild Euthanasia?


23 posted on 08/12/2010 5:06:55 PM PDT by LilAngel (FReeping on a cell phone is like making Christmas dinner in an Easy Bake Oven)
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To: LilAngel

I’m not sure what “subprograms” they had, but they expanded T4 very quickly.


24 posted on 08/12/2010 5:08:31 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

I still like the sci-fi movie plot where young adults of the future travel back in time to dispatch their would-be abortionists in order to survive their future existence.


25 posted on 08/12/2010 5:08:47 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: GeronL; metmom

There was one on here (now banned) who didn’t think that it’s a big deal for doctors to fondle little girls because the girls wouldn’t know it was a problem.


26 posted on 08/12/2010 5:11:46 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: GeronL

Yeah right. I’ve been here a long time and have never seen any such thing. Great straw man you knocked down in order to defeat those evil libertarians.


27 posted on 08/12/2010 5:12:29 PM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: wagglebee
Legalized MURDER.

Ahh but only if a "doctor" does it.. This is where the abortion train is headed Wag ...

28 posted on 08/12/2010 5:12:34 PM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: wagglebee

believe they took years, laying the groundwork with propaganda. Once the folk were conditioned, they were able to move very quickly


29 posted on 08/12/2010 5:14:04 PM PDT by LilAngel (FReeping on a cell phone is like making Christmas dinner in an Easy Bake Oven)
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To: thecabal

You must have missed those threads on drug legalizing too, where its okay for kids to buy drugs in a free market. They already “prescribe” pot to kids out west for anything from toe jam those quacks.


30 posted on 08/12/2010 5:15:14 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: LilAngel

This person suffering from hereditary defects
costs the people 60,000 Reichmarks during his lifetime.
People, that is your money. Read ‘New People’.

31 posted on 08/12/2010 5:16:24 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: RedMDer

I think the original idea can be credited to Australian philosopher and “ethicist” Peter Singer, who teaches at Princeton.


32 posted on 08/12/2010 5:22:42 PM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: wagglebee

The love of money is the root of all evil.

Notice how money is always one of the trump cards they play for killing people.


33 posted on 08/12/2010 5:22:48 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: wagglebee

“well-known and liked” many times, it sounds like.


34 posted on 08/12/2010 5:24:32 PM PDT by enraged
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To: wagglebee

Slippery slope rears its head again.


35 posted on 08/12/2010 5:43:34 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: metmom

“The love of money is the root of all evil.

Notice how money is always one of the trump cards they play for killing people.”

Your right it all comes down to money. The other day I was reading an article about a poor woman who had a c-section and ended up with a flesh eating bacteria which ravished her body. I won’t go into details, but the amount of care she needed was tramatic, she almost died several times and some of the things they did to keep her alive, I didn’t even know they could do. According to the article the cost of keeping her alive was about 5-million dollars. Part of me said “Wow!” in regards to the cost, seemed inflated to me, yet miracles were performed and then the other part of me said “Wow! I am so glad she’s alive to celebrate her little boy’s 4th or 5th birthday. It’s amazing what can be done. I don’t know who was paying for all this care, but wow.


36 posted on 08/12/2010 5:57:35 PM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: This I Wonder32460

And you know what?

What they learned from saving her life can save countless others some day.

New and experimental treatment and procedures are initially expensive, but worth the cost in the long run.


37 posted on 08/12/2010 6:27:05 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: All

I don’t believe for a minute that it’s all about alleviating suffering of the infant (as if he/she were a farm animal). It’s about the convenience of the parents and others who might be put out by the existence of the child.


38 posted on 08/12/2010 6:41:00 PM PDT by Lenora (Romans 16:20)
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To: wagglebee

They don’t object to killing the child. They object that she didn’t go to a professional killer. That’s liberalism, for you.


39 posted on 08/12/2010 6:49:29 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: wagglebee

Having known three individuals with spina bifida when I was growing up, none had unbearable suffering, although one had some significant disability.

Truly horrifying.


40 posted on 08/13/2010 12:17:02 AM PDT by happygrl (Continuing to predict that Obama will resign)
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Bump!


41 posted on 08/13/2010 9:46:30 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: wagglebee
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 daughter’s pregnancies.

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I don't believe that the parents had no knowledge of the pregnancies, and at the very least, that they did not have suspicions about what happened to the babies.

42 posted on 08/13/2010 9:49:06 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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