The Groningen Protocol
There are three kinds of people in the world: Those who will react with horror and alarm to this story; those who will applaud it; and those who will shrug it off as of no interest to them. I am uncertain which of the latter two groups is in worse moral condition.
The Netherlands is taking the path of Germany in the 1930's when Hitler began a program to euthanize children with birth defects, the mentally retarded and others that were deemed "unfit" to survive. At the time, there was only mild outrage over such a program. Today it appears to be much the same, little outrage.
Who are we to determine who is to live and who is to die based genetics? God? I think not.
I do not know first hand what it is like to raise children with severe handicaps, and I hope that I never have to.
Germany followed up the killing of children with the Wannsee Conference, where they moved to executing millions of people based on their religion: the Holocaust. One must now ask, is the first step down this same, evil, road? I pray it is not, and that the Government of the Netherlands will realize how dangerous this road they are now traveling is.