A case against justified non-voluntary active euthanasia (the groningen protocol)

American Journal of Bioethics 8 (11):23 – 26 (2008)
The Groningen Protocol allows active euthanasia of severely ill newborns with unbearable suffering. Defenders of the protocol insist that the protocol refers to terminally ill infants and that quality of life should not be a factor in the decision to euthanize an infant. They also argue that there should be no ethical difference between active and passive euthanasia of these infants. However, nowhere in the protocol does it refer to terminally ill infants; on the contrary, the developers of the protocol take into account the future quality of life of the infant. We also note how the Nazi Euthanasie Programm started with the premise that there is some life not worthy of living. Therefore, in our opinion, the protocol violates the traditional ethical codes of physicians and the moral values of the overwhelming majority of the citizens of the world.
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DOI 10.1080/15265160802513085
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The Groningen Protocol: Another Perspective.A. B. Jotkowitz - 2006 - Journal of Medical Ethics 32 (3):157-158.

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