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Since the evolution of man infants have been born with severe illnesses These infants may be able to survive due to advancing technologies but are left with possible and probable defects Many infants will die even though they are being treated because they are not equipped to sustain life These circumstances have led to the debatable issue of infant euthanasia or mercy killing to allow these babies an end to their suffering and die peacefully While many people feel that euthanasia is murder infant euthanasia should be legalized to spare terminally ill newborns of long painful deaths and to spare them of possible life-long disabilities Euthanasia is said to be morally wrong by pro-life groups They point out that infants may not be suffering while they are dying They also emphasize that advances in pain management make it possible to relieve all or almost all pain These people say that children should be saved at all costs no matter how great the disability may be They accentuate that the infants may be saved due to advancing technology and that there are also therapy treatments for their possible disabilities However in considering whether or not to treat a newborn the main goal should be to spare infants of long painful deaths Most experts believe that the primary answer to this issue is to follow whats in the childs best interests If his mental and physical handicaps are overwhelming and it would be inhumane to prolong his life then treatment should be withheld or withdrawn After all saving an infant for a life of suffering is hardly a humane and loving act An infant was born with a skin condition similar to third-degree burns over almost all of its body for which there was no cure The babys mother was young unwed and indigent Providing basic nursing care caused tearing away of the skin The infant could not be fed orally because of
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