Guest Author - Rebecca Franklin
Earlier I wrote about doctors in the Netherlands admitting to practicing infant euthanasia. They approximated that about 22 mercy killings were carried out between 1997-2004 - an average of about 3 babies a years. Now that estimate has soared with the Associated Press citing Dutch surveys reporting 15-20 severely ill infants are euthanized every year.
This Associated Press report also states that startling 73% doctors in one French study admitted to purposely euthanizing a baby by administering a drug cocktail at least once over the coarse of their practice. Sadly, 2-4% of U.S. doctors also admit to doing it illegally.
I could turn this into a rant about how depraved governments and society have become. But I'm truly heartbroken when I think about the innocent lives lostů Once, I saw a baby on the edge of death. I saw how the grief and utter despair twisted her mother's face. And I will never, ever forget hearing her wail, begging that her little girl to be brought back to life.
I can't put myself in a place that totally understands the motivations behind a parent watching their child succumb to illness and pain. I won't pretend that I understand their painful decision to allow a doctor to kill their child. I rarely refer to religion in my columns, but today I feel the only answer to this question is God.
It rips my heart into pieces to imagine that my child could ever be in agony so great that I would rather have him dead than suffering. But I believe that God's sovereignty surpasses all of it. God gives life and God takes it away. It is simply not my decision to make. My humble human shoulders cannot bear the weight of that supernatural, eternal decision.
Every day we wake up after hitting the snooze button five times, burning the toast if we eat at all, narrowly miss getting a speeding ticket, put off exercise, put off nutrition and sleep, and the list goes on and on. How dare we issue death sentences for innocent children when we, the majority of society, can barely manage our own lives?
Weigh in and tell me what you think of infant euthanasia. Do you believe that the U.S. will ever legalize it?