Thanks to Lindsay Beyerstein's post at American Street, I was directed to a New York Times article of interest. Apparently some Dutch doctors have a proposal for standards for active euthanasia for infants whose circumstances are sufficiently hopeless that allowing them to live a little while longer would only serve to protract suffering. The interesting thing about the article is that it comes off as favoring this proposal; the Dutch doctors are presented as possibly (probably?) representing a step in the direction of moral progress. Being the raving consequentialist that I am, I tend to agree, of course, but I share Beyerstein's surprise that this viewpoint is being presented in a major newspaper in the current climate.