Essay about Newborn Infants with Severe Handicaps: Live or Die?

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Terminating a newborn infants life because they will be unable to live a normal life due to severe handicaps, is a very controversial issue in our country. It is debatable weather a disabled infant's life is worth living, even if they will not be able to live the average lifestyle. Should newborn babies with severe disabilities live or die?

A handicap individual is defined as "any person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities," (Altun & Ersoy). This definition does not state that a handicap individual cannot live a fulfilling life; it simply says that one's life may be limited. In 1982, there was a legal case called "Baby Doe." The parents of a Down
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Is a life that insignificant that one can create their own opinion about weather another human being has the right to live?

A newborn infant should have every medical intervention possible to save its life, regardless of its handicaps. People who disagree must believe that life as a handicapped person is a life not worth living. According to "the traditional Western ethic," there should be "an intrinsic worth and equal value of every human life regardless of its stage or condition." Every individual has the right to life, and if they are unable to decide for themselves, they should not be killed because they are unable to speak, (Gontard, Schwarte, &Roth).

When ordinary humane care, such as oxygen, food, and water, are withheld, that baby then dies from suffocation, starvation, or dehydration, not from an illness. This is called indirect euthanasia. Euthanasia is an easy, painless death, also known as "mercy killings." Indirect euthanasia is "death administered without the recipient's consent, as in the case of children or incompetent adults," (Clowes). This practice has come to be accepted in some medical and legal practices. Until recently, the medical professions rarely acknowledged its existence. Involuntary Euthanasia is being widely practiced in the United States. Euthanasia is an abolition of all rights. These

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