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Ending the Life of a Newborn: The Groningen Protocol In the context of Dutch culture and medicine, it is acceptable.

Since its publication in 2005, the Groningen Protocol has been under fire both in the Netherlands and outside it. Several criticisms rest on misunderstandings about how it works or which babies it concerns. Some others—about quality-of-life judgments and parents’ role in making decisions about their children—cannot be easily cleared away. Still, at least in the context of Dutch culture and medicine, the protocol is acceptable.

Since its publication in 2005, the Groningen Protocol has been under fire both in the Netherlands and outside it. Several criticisms rest on misunderstandings about how it works or which babies it concerns. Some others—about quality-of-life judgments and parents’ role in making decisions about their children—cannot be easily cleared away. Still, at least in the context of Dutch culture and medicine, the protocol is acceptable.

Hilde Lindemann and Marian Verkerk, “Ending the Life of a Newborn: The Groningen Protocol,” Hastings Center Report 38, no. 1 (2008): 42-51.