Hugh Hewitt links to this article which is so shocking that I couldn’t read it yesterday when I first heard of it. It was just too unbearable. According to this article….”A hospital in the Netherlands - the first nation to permit euthanasia - recently proposed guidelines for mercy killings of terminally ill newborns, and then made a startling revelation: It has already begun carrying out such procedures, which include administering a lethal dose of sedatives.”

The Groningen Protocol, as the hospital’s guidelines have come to be known, would create a legal framework for permitting doctors to actively end the life of newborns deemed to be in similar pain from incurable disease or extreme deformities.

I am a mother of three children who are all in their twenties and a grandmother of a year old boy. All of them mean the world to me. We are lucky that they were born healthy. We are blessed that we live in America and such a thing as the Groningen Protocol is not practiced here. But for how long?

Where is the “old media”? I haven’t seen the story on the networks or in the New York Times or its’ stepsisters. Why didn’t the German press do its job during Hitler’s time? I have my suspicions.

Could it be that the media fears the reaction of the abortion lobby? Why is this chilling news not being broadcast from every known media outlet? In Holland there is a protocol which allows physicians to kill babies and children up to the age of twelve and no one is reporting it! The hospital’s spokesman explained that the protocol is for only the most extreme of cases. But a condition that may be fatal today could one day be a merely routine issue.

My great-aunt is the first known case at Mayo Clinic to have survived uterine cancer while pregnant with her third child. She survived and lived to be ninety and her daughter was born and is now an adoptive mother of two. There was no allowance for aborting babies back then and my aunt told me that she would not have even considered sacrificing her child for her own life. This may not be parallel to the issues from which the Groningen Protocol emerged but it is similar in spirit.

I have read letters written during my late great aunt’s illness by my grandmother (she was her sister) to my great-grandmother and they informed me that my aunt’s cancer had progressed so quickly that they feared that she would not live. She was given an aggressive round of radiation while carrying her child and it saved her life. Her daughter was never able to have children but she and her husband adopted. My aunt lived to see them grow up.

So now in Holland it seems that the least of these is even of less importance than freeing up hospital beds. That is more than crass. It is evil.

There really are no words yet someone needs to say them.