An Associated Press article said today that a hospital in the Netherlands has recently proposed guidelines for mercy killings of terminally ill newborns (and other babies with serious physical maladies). What’s more, this hospital has already begun to carry out this form of euthanasia. This is clearly: wrong. In these cases, the baby should be allowed to live as long as possible. In addition, “Care Teams” should form around the baby and the family. A Care Team would consist of, say, extended family, neighbors, fellow church members… to work together to help the baby and the parents in as many ways as possible. And it is in this working together that the baby gets more help, people grow closer, and more love in general develops. So in the scheme of God’s permissable will (in this case, allowing the baby’s malady), there is the potential for all types of spiritual good to come about — if people are willing to stretch themselves. If we just terminate the life for the sake of our own convenience, no matter how we rationalize it otherwise (and this would not just be the parents negligence, but also all the others who could get involved with a Care Team, but don’t), haven’t we broken, not only the letter of the 5th Commandment, but also: the spirit of it? I think so.