Child/Newborn Euthanasia

A recent issue (May 23) of WORLD magazine points out an alarm from Dutch parent/lobbying organizations of the strong movement towards acceptance of putting children and newborns to death. In an interview with Joop Stolk, professor at the Free University, which is a Christian univer- sity, he warns of this newest acceptance. Mr. Stolk, of the Christian Reformed Church, is not even able to speak freely from Christian motivations to condemn the trend in front of his students. Mr. Stolk is a recognized expert in the ethics of treating the mentally disable, but says, "This is a Christian university in name, but even my colleagues are very opposed to my ideas."

Scientific journals in the Netherlands report matter-of- factly on doctors who have "successfully" put children to death. It is estimated that every year at least fifty newborn handicapped receive "passive" euthanasia - deliberate withholding of medical care. Most doctors in this field consider it "more humane" to actively end these young lives by injections. What doctors in Holland think is important, since laws and regulation governing euthanasia acts, permissive as they are, are violated with impunity. This growing approval of Dutch doctors has stimulated Els Borst, leader of the D66 political party and minister of health, to propose giving children over the age of 12 the right to request euthanasia. As is to be expected from a lack of moral foundations, lines drawn one day are moved the next day.

Herbert Hendin, an American physician who last year authored "Seduced by Death: Doctors, Patients, and the Dutch Cure" notes, "..... the Netherlands has moved from assisted suicide to euthanasia, from euthanasia for those who are terminally ill to euthanasia for those who are chronically ill; from euthanasia for physical illness to euthanasia for psychological distress; and from voluntary euthanasia to involuntary euthanasia."

Mr. Stolk researches "meaningful care" for handicapped children, in the battle against euthanasia. "You want to protect the value of that life, but you cannot say it is easy. You should never forget that when you are fighting for their life, it is also a burden. It is emotionally overwhelming."

As the young handicapped are marginalized (next category is’?...), we can see clearly that only a biblical position can stop this slide. This article cites, as immediate cause of these newest ideas, the widespread burdens of a hedonistic world view in Holland, coupled with a very popular "right- to-choose." Mr. Stolk and the parent-groups are pivotal in this aspect of the battle too, as they show their experience and love for handicapped children.

Readers are encouraged to be diligent in their opposition to euthanasia here in Canada, as we can see a glimpse of the road ahead that is possible. Prayer is so important in this matter for those doing good work on this front. May people’s hearts yet turn from sin to the Lord.

God loves justice. In fact, He loves justice more than sacrifice. "To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice" (Proverbs 21:3). God hates injustice. He hates wicked judgment. This is true for each of us individually, but also for our nation. "And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there" (Ecclesiastes 3:15). Let us pray that the Lord will not give us over to ourselves and our country with its judges over to themselves. Then we are as the blind leading the blind, and we stumble and fall into one ditch/problem after another. Remember the three judges who are reflecting upon the Trinity Western University vs. the B.C. College of Teachers court case. Pray that God-given, biblical values may be upheld.