New debate on euthansia

disabled kids - Severely disabled: Charlotte Wyatt's parents fought to keep her alive
@mansha (6301)
India
November 6, 2006 5:27pm CST
I read this news and I am torn between ethics and mercy for the baby and family I have worked with severely disabled kids and Its sometimes so bad for family when child is completely vegetable and needs help even to turn in bed. Read this and give your views A doctors' group today called for a debate on the mercy killing of disabled babies. Any law allowing newborn babies to be killed would cover cases like that of Charlotte Wyatt, who was born three months prematurely, weighing just one pound and with severe brain and lung damage. Doctors wanted to switch off her life support machine but her parents - who have now separated - fought to keep her alive. Charlotte has confounded medical opinion and is now three years old. However, she is severely disabled and needs constant medical care. John Wyatt, a neonatologist at University College London Hospital, said euthanasia would turn medicine into social engineering where those considered worthless were doomed to die. Labour MP Jim Dobbin compared it to the eugenics policies of the Nazis and said: "This sends the message that only the perfect are acceptable and the disabled can be discarded." The college suggested that decisions on when young babies should be killed or allowed to die should depend not only on the gravity of their condition. Its submission to an inquiry on the ethics of treatment for severely ill and disabled newborns raises the question of whether such children should be killed if they are not wanted by their parents.
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@cripfemme (7718)
• United States
7 Aug 07
If their biological parents don't want them because they are too severely disabled; I'm sure someone will take care of them and want them. Someone like me; someone with disability-related experience. I've had a disability all of my life and plan to raise a disabled child myself someday. I love to take care of such an "unwanted" child.