The Church of England has broken with tradition dogma by calling for doctors to be allowed to let sick newborn babies die.
Christians have long argued that life should preserved at all costs – but a bishop representing the national church has now sparked controversy by arguing that there are occasions when it is compassionate to leave a severely disabled child to die.
And the Bishop of Southwark, Tom Butler, who is the vice chair of the Church of England’s Mission and Public Affairs Council, has also argued that the high financial cost of keeping desperately ill babies alive should be a factor in life or death decisions.
It was only a matter of time before ‘active euthanasia’ (as the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology call it) started to catch on, especially considering that partial birth abortions are legal in the UK, ‘justifiable’ on the basis that the mother’s health could be ‘at risk’ if the baby is actually born. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that if people can successfully ‘justify’ killing a baby at birth for the sake of the mother’s health, that people would also try and do the same as it relates to what’s in the ‘best interest’ for the baby’s health – and the state.
The UK is not the place a disabled baby not yet born would want to be right now. Once again, convenience and cost outweigh the moral (and spiritual) implications, and in the end, it’s the innocent who pay the price.