Reassurances about the Anglican document about treatment (or non-treatment) of newborns
Dr Wesley J. Smith offers reassurance that the Anglican submission on the question of the treatment or non-treatment of disabled infants does, in fact, make the necessary distinctions between the licit withholding of medical treatment not morally necessary and euthansia:
Thankfully, the Christian Medical Fellowship, part of the diverse coalition known as Care Not Killing that helped prevent the legalization of assisted suicide in the UK this year, was not confused. Dr. Peter Saunders, who I have met and who knows these issues cold, made the right point in The Guardian: "If it's an underlying condition that's causing the death and you're withholding the treatment because you believe that that treatment's burden far outweighs any benefit it can bring, then it might be quite appropriate."
We'll see the document itself, of course, eventually, but for the moment it seems that the Times, the Guardian and the Independent have gotten their stories wrong: as Dr Smith notes, making moral decisions with respect to life and death issues "cannot possibly be done without accurate and clear information, the providing of which is part of the essential role media play in democratic societies".