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Monday, 24 February 2014 17:51

American College of Pediatricians: Physicians are Healers – Not Killers

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In a stunningly horrific move, Belgium's Senate legalized child euthanasia/assisted suicide last week prompting immediate responses by pediatricians, pediatric organizations and pediatric palliative care groups throughout the world.
Compassion & Choices, formerly the Hemlock Society and the organization pushing assisted suicide legislation in U.S. states like New Mexico, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts, has been conspicuously silent despite a wave of consternation throughout the media. The only American media outlet to date to give voice in support of euthanizing children is the LA Times who ran two opinion editorials praising Belgium while referring to those in opposition as "paranoid" and "death squeamish."

The release by the American College of Pediatricians below is clear: "[We are] appalled by Netherlands' recent legalization of Neonatal Euthanasia and Belgium's legalization of euthanasia for terminally ill children of any age, and alerts healthcare professionals to the possibility of similar legislation in the United States."

"The killing of infants and children can never be endorsed by the
American College of Pediatricians
and should never be endorsed by any other ethical medical or social entity."

Physicians are Healers – Not Killers

by LISA on FEBRUARY 17, 2014 in PRESS RELEASE
Gainesville, Florida

It is the role of every medical professional to deliver care to ailing patients with compassion, always striving to preserve the patient's life and dignity.
The American College of Pediatricians is appalled by Netherlands' recent legalization of Neonatal Euthanasia and Belgium's legalization of euthanasia for terminally ill children of any age, and alerts healthcare professionals to the possibility of similar legislation in the United States.

The concept of euthanasia is based on a utilitarian worldview that defines the value of the individual in terms of that individual's contribution to society. This ideology relegates neonates, especially those infants with congenital defects, to an expendable status. Dr. Den Trumbull states, "This belief system underlies many of the current proposals for the allocation of healthcare resources in America. Even the Affordable Care Act (ACA) prescribes that scarce resources be focused on adolescents and adults under 50. The youngest who have not yet contributed to society and the oldest that have already "lived long enough" are to receive only attenuated interventions. Under this system, certain newborn infants would be considered the least worthy to be recipient of available medical resources."

Physicians are healers not killers. An individual's future quality of life cannot be predicted by caregivers. The role of the physician is to promote health, cure when possible, and relieve pain and suffering as part of the care they provide. The intentional neglect for, or taking of, a human life is never acceptable, regardless of health system mandates. The killing of infants and children can never be endorsed by the American College of Pediatricians and should never be endorsed by any other ethical medical or social entity.

For more details and information, visit the link to the full statement Neonatal Euthanasia: The Groningen Protocol at www.ACPeds.org.

The mission of Patients Rights Action Fund is to protect patients' and people with disabilities' civil rights. For more information, please visit www.patientsrightsaction.org.

 

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