June 7, 2005
When the Dutch moved beyond abortion on demand and began dabbling with
euthanasia for the elderly and infirm, most pro-lifers said it wouldn't end there.
And it hasn't.
Holland has also set an arbitrary age limit before which it lets premature babies die.
The limit is 25 weeks.
A baby born before 25 weeks is allowed to die.
Now Britain's top medical ethicist has urged doctors here in the U.K. to follow Holland's lead in all but exceptional cases, whatever that means.
Baroness Warnock says setting limits would prevent doctors from competing for the "triumph" of keeping babies alive at increasingly young ages even though they may not survive in the long term, or may be left severely disabled.
But how does the baroness know this and who is she to decide when life is valuable and when it is not?
But that's the point, isn't it?
When God is no longer the author and definer of life, man becomes it's author and definer.
And when that happens, man does whatever pleases or benefits man at a given moment.
For those who are pro-life, none of this comes as a surprise.
Worse is yet ahead.
In Northern Ireland, I'm Cal Thomas.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.