|Permitting doctors to determine whose life is worth living “changes medicine into a form of social engineering where the aim is to maximize the benefit for society and minimize those who are perceived as worthless." |
|John Wyatt, University College London Hospital|
WASHINGTON (BP)--A British medical organization has called for the consideration of “active euthanasia” for severely disabled infants.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists urged the Nuffield Council on Bioethics to include newborn euthanasia in its consultation on care for “extremely premature and seriously ill babies.” The council is to release its report Nov. 16.
In its request, the college called on the council “to think more radically about non-resuscitation, withdrawal of treatment decisions, the best-interests test and active euthanasia.” The college said it has not formally endorsed euthanasia for newborns but wants it to be weighed by British society. Read More