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Mercy Killing or Killing Mercy?His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
This is London - Nov 5, 2006 - We Must Debate Mercy Killing of Disabled Babies, Say Top Doctors
A doctors' group today called for a debate on the mercy killing of disabled babies.
The medical profession should examine the "active euthanasia" of desperately ill newborns, said the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology.
It wants an inquiry into whether the "deliberate intervention to cause the death of an infant" should be legalised.
The proposal met with a furious response from some quarters last night.
Labour MP Jim Dobbin compared it to the eugenics policies of the Nazis and said: "This sends the message that only the perfect are acceptable and the disabled can be discarded."
The college suggested that decisions on when young babies should be killed or allowed to die should depend not only on the gravity of their condition.
Its submission to an inquiry on the ethics of treatment for severely ill and disabled newborns raises the question of whether such children should be killed if they are not wanted by their parents.
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What is the moral standard and who dictates it?
Conversation, May 15, 1975, Perth
Prabhupada: You cannot give happiness to
everyone according to standard. Then unhappiness will continue, so what
is the use of your wasting time? Because you cannot give happiness to
everyone, what you think, "It is happiness," others will not accept it.
Then where is the happiness?
Quest for Enlightenment: Discussions on Western Philosophy and Science
Prabhupada, you remember Aldous Huxley, who in Brave New World
predicted a process of genetically screening babies, of breeding men
for certain traits? The idea would be to take one strain of traits and
breed a class of working men, take another strain of traits and breed a
class of administrators, and take still another strain of traits and
breed a class of cultured advisors and scholars.
Defective Without the Soul
Conversation with Dr. Wolfe, June 8, 1976, Los Angeles
Child is born dead means defective body.
Srimad-Bhagavatam (3.31.44): Lord Kapila's Instructions on the Movements of the Living Entities
In this way the living entity gets a suitable body with a material mind and senses, according to his fruitive activities. When the reaction of his particular activity comes to an end, that end is called death, and when a particular type of reaction begins, that beginning is called birth.
time immemorial, the
living entity travels in the different species of life and the
different planets, almost perpetually. This process is explained in Bhagavad-gita.
Bhramayan sarva-bhutani yantrarudhani mayaya: [Bg.
18.61] under the spell of maya, everyone is wandering
throughout the universe on the carriage of the body offered by the
material energy. Materialistic life involves a series of actions and
reactions. It is a long film spool of actions and reactions, and one
life-span is just a flash in such a reactionary show. When a child is
born, it is to be understood that his particular type of body is the
beginning of another set of activities, and when an old man dies, it is
to be understood that one set of reactionary activities is finished.
Termination Interrupts Progression
Srimad-Bhagavatam (5.10.2): The Discussion Between Jada Bharat and Maharaja Rahugana
In His sankhya-yoga, Lord Kapiladeva explains: suhridah sarva-dehinam [SB 3.25.21]. Living entities assume different bodily forms. Those who are not Vaishnavas consider only human society worthy of their sympathy, but Krishna claims to be the supreme father of all life forms. Consequently the Vaishnava takes care not to annihilate untimely or unnecessarily any life form. All living entities have to fulfill a certain duration for being encaged in a particular type of material body. They have to finish the duration allotted a particular body before being promoted or evolved to another body. Killing an animal or any other living being simply places an impediment in the way of his completing his term of imprisonment in a certain body. One should therefore not kill bodies for one's sense gratification, for this will implicate one in sinful activity.
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
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