Euthanasia For Newborns With Disabilities and Infanticide

From Canada Free Press

Udo Schuklenk, who was the chair of the one-sided Royal Society of Canada: End of Life Decision Making panel, is now proselytizing his philosophy promoting euthanasia for newborns and infanticide. Schuklenk uses quality-of-life arguments to support his eugenic philosophy.

In an article published in The Journal of Thoracie and Cardiovascular Surgery, titled: Physicians can justifiably euthanize certain severely impaired neonates, Schuklenk argues that some lives are not worth living and that parents should have the right to decide to end the lives of newborns with disabilities. Schuklenk states:

A quality-of-life ethic requires us to focus on a neonate’s current and future quality of life as relevant decision-making criteria. We would ask questions such as: Does this baby have capacity for development to an extent that will allow him or her to have a life and not merely be alive? If we reach the conclusion that it would not, we would have reason to conclude that his life is not worth living.

Schuklenk argues that based on a Quality-of-Life Ethic euthanasia of newborns or infanticide is a moral option and in some cases it should be demanded. He states:

A quality-of-life proponent could just as well argue that respect for human dignity demands that the infant’s life be terminated on compassionate grounds.

Schuklenk argues that there is no moral difference between killing an infant and letting the infant die a natural death. Schuklenk argues:

Once we have concluded that death is what is in the best interest of the infant, it is unreasonable not to bring about this death as painlessly and as much controlled in terms of timing by the parents as is feasible.

If his prolonged dying is harmful to them (the parents) a further quality-of-life based argument in favor of terminating the infant’s life is established.

There is a difference between killing and letting die. If treatment is withdrawn and care is provided, if the child dies, the death will be from the medical condition, which is a natural death. Sometimes the child does not have a lethal condition, and if care is provided, the child will continue to live. 

If the child is given a lethal injection, the child is intentionally killed, whether the child had a lethal condition or not.

Schuklenk considers newborns to have the same status as the child in the womb. Schuklenk argues that parents should be able to freely decide to end the life of their newborn, otherwise known as infanticide. Schukelenk states:

In morally important ways his developmental state is closer to that of a fetus than to that of a person like you or me. The parents should be able to freely decide on what would amount to postnatal abortion.

Paradoxically, in his November 18, 2014 Globe and Mail article concerning the court decision giving parents of a native girl the right to withdraw their daughter from medical treatment, Schuklenk stated: 

There is no parental right to harm your children. Since when has the life of a child become so cheap that we leave it to misguided parents who wish to do as they see fit, evidence be damned?

Schuklenk then defends his position by referring to the euthanasia of newborns in the Netherlands, a practice that was first approved by the Dutch courts in the 1990’s and was later approved by the Dutch Medical Association with the acceptance of the Groningen protocol. He states:

Prenatal testing renders the need for infanticide exceedingly rare. …Of about 200,000 children born in The Netherlands on an annual basis only very few newborns saw their lives ended by this means.

Schuklenk claims that only 4 infants were euthanized between 1995 and 2005 and none were euthanized between 2005 – 2010. The Groningen Protocol states that it is based on 22 infants who were born with Spina Bifida who died by euthanasia. Schuklenk continues:

Withdrawing treatment almost always entails the withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration. These cases still number below 300, decreasing from 299 in 1995 to 177 in 2010. 

Schuklenk argues that the small number of newborn euthanasia deaths indicates that a slippery slope does not exist. The statistics indicate that the Netherlands are dehydrating to death a high percentage of newborns with disabilities instead of lethally injecting them.

Ideas have consequences. 

Philosophers, like Schuklenk are being given a significant amount of ink on paper to promote their eugenic ideology to end the lives of people with disabilities under the guise of ending suffering.

The concept that the lives of some people are not worth living leads to the death of newborns with disabilities and infanticide. This concept also leads to the continued devaluation of the lives of people with disabilities and people with chronic and other vulnerable conditions.


This makes me so mad! I’m sickened to think that there are people out in society who think they can play GOD! So…before my ITD comes out in all it’s glory…. I’ll leave with this message…..


What’s not to love Eh?

~Blessed B~

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18 Responses to Euthanasia For Newborns With Disabilities and Infanticide

  1. upaces88 says:

    My Lord! It sounds more like Hitler’s Germany!
    This cannot happen.
    EVERY SOUL that is born deserves LIFE!
    I don’t like to get all religious. I am not one to quote scriptures.
    This IS murder!!!!! No two ways about it. IT IS MURDER.

    Each Soul that is born in that tiny body must have a chance to make his/her mark on the world. The parents are given a special gift when a child is born with a disability.

    “What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.”
    ― Nicholas Sparks,

    • Blessed B says:

      Yep! It’s right in Goose Stepping to the beat of that drum!

      If parents don’t think they can handle looking after and raising a child with a disability…then fine…they probably shouldn’t! BUT why murder the child? What right do they have to just throw a human life away like that? Give the child to have a chance with some family that can handle it and want a baby! Someone that will love and care for him/her.

      I know from personal experience how difficult parenting a child with a genetic challenge can be….it isn’t a piece of cake! Thank God though the good days outshines the bad ones. When my child smiles at me, has the giggles, throws his arms around me and looks into my eyes and say ” Mommy…. I love you lots and lots!” all the difficulties we’ve had during the day are gone…..

      If any Doctor had said that we could terminate his life after he was born…. I would have been in prison for about 7 years!

  2. captbogus2 says:

    Exactly what I was going to say, Upaces.
    Shades of NAZI Germany.

  3. upaces88 says:

    Oooooh, I know. This just breaks my heart..
    There was a Priest who dropped away from the Episcopal Church and started his own church at the SMU Campus/Dallas, TX in a small auditorium
    He was asked to speak in a lecture hall about The Souls of Newborns who were born with various disabilities. HE refused it.
    To coin an ancient word….It was Karma. His next child was born with Down Syndrome.

  4. tiretramp says:

    Why worry about this man when we in the USA have aborted Millions plus the millions world wide. WHO besides GOD knows if even one of these were Chromosome long or short.
    We should stop the murder here before we worry what a Chosen Frozen one has to say.


    • Blessed B says:

      True….there are many false positives when it comes to testing for such and even if it is a true positive….no Doctor or specialist can say exactly how that child is going to do. They can’t tell how severe or how mild it will be. I’m against the testing for it and against giving the choice for aborting because of the test.

      I worry about what this nut case is saying for a couple of reasons.

      First…. it matters not where this is coming from. Whether the land of the Chosen Frozen ( which happens to be where I am located!) or any other place on this little Blue planet. It is a mind set that needs to be gotten rid of! No child with a genetic anomaly should be terminated due to someone playing God…and thinking they know who is more worthy of life, more than He!

      Two….. this is a slippery slope….. if they believe that it’s okay to murder these babies cuz they aren’t perfect in their eyes, who is to say that it won’t then be used on the older folks who just happen to get sick or are growing frail? They don’t contribute to society anymore, they are taking up space and using up food, air, water. Only the young and abled-bodied deserve to live.

      This is why we must worry what anyone, anywhere is saying…. we don’t want the ideology to catch on!

  5. Hardnox says:

    The left is stuck on the “useless eaters” meme. While they won’t declare it in public they will blurt it out in private, usually after a few drinks.

    There is special place in hell for lefties.

  6. Kathy says:

    Another situation where lefties justify their actions by saying it’s being done out of compassion…the child would have no ‘quality of life’. They use compassion or for the ‘good of the children’ for every rotten thing they do. Another part of the communist strategy.

    It is a God complex indeed, BB. The commandment states Thou shalt not kill. There is no exception clause following that statement. It does not say unless the child is seen as imperfect then it’s ok.

    • Blessed B says:

      It’s not compassion! They have no clue what ‘quality’ of life that infant is going to have.

      They would have terminated Einstein, if this was in place back then. He had learning challenges….couldn’t talk before he was 8 yrs. old. Physicians back then said he was retarded! I think he was just so shocked and surprised that he was dropped off here surrounded by idiots, he didn’t know what to say!! LOL!

      Killing an innocent….yeah that’s the way to get God’s Blessings! PFFT!

  7. BrianR says:

    Does this doofus wear his swastika armband openly, or hide it in the closet?

  8. vonMesser says:

    Anyone remember that guy that was born in 1979 with spina bifida that patented a 90% effective cure for breast cancer last year?

    Oh, that’s right. she was aborted.

  9. clyde says:

    I’m ALL FOR euthanasia. For ALL LEFTISTS. Sick bastards anyway.

    • Blessed B says:

      Yeah! Let’s try it on them first! It’s a mental illness that no drug can cure or get rid of anyways…they are a drain on society! LOL! WE can use that microchip encased in metal for them!