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J Med Ethics. 2013 May;39(5):293-5. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2013-101402.

The Groningen Protocol for newborn euthanasia; which way did the slippery slope tilt?

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Department of Paediatrics, University Medical Centre Groningen, P.O. Box 30.001, Groningen 9700 RB, The Netherlands. a.a.e.verhagen@umcg.nl

Abstract

In The Netherlands, neonatal euthanasia has become a legal option and the Groningen Protocol contains an approach to identify situations in which neonatal euthanasia might be appropriate. In the 5 years following the publication of the protocol, neither the prediction that this would be the first step on a slippery slope, nor the prediction of complete transparency and legal control became true. Instead, we experienced a transformation of the healthcare system after antenatal screening policy became a part of antenatal care. This resulted in increased terminations of pregnancy and less euthanasia.

KEYWORDS:

Decision-making; End-of-life; Ethics; Neonatology

PMID:
23637430
DOI:
10.1136/medethics-2013-101402
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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