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InsiderOnline Blog: March 2012

First They Came for the Fetuses

Killing a newborn is just another form of abortion, says a paper recently published by the Journal of Medical Ethics. Here’s the abstract, as quoted in the National Catholic Register (February 27):

Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus’ health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.

Just to be clear, authors Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva definitely draw the line short of killing actual people. Newborns are fine to kill, they say, because, like fetuses, they’re not actual people. They say. Hope that’s clear.

By the way, the article, “After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?” has since been taken down and the authors have kind-of apologized, reports Wesley Smith (Daily Caller, March 6).

Posted on 03/09/12 12:01 AM by Alex Adrianson

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