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Monday, March 5, 2012

Do You Favor "After-Birth Abortion?"

From California Catholic:
“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,” Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva argue in their paper entitled “After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?” ...The authors say the practice should be called “after-birth abortion, rather than infanticide,” in order to “emphasize that the moral status of the individual killed is comparable with that of a fetus – on which ‘abortions’ in the traditional sense are performed – rather than to that of a child.” ... 
According to Giubilini and Minerva, both an unborn fetus and a newborn child can be legitimately killed because “both lack those properties that justify the attribution of a right to life to an individual.” 
“Both a fetus and a newborn certainly are human beings and potential persons, but neither is a ‘person’ in the sense of ‘subject of a moral right to life,’” they state in their article. 
Let's see...permissible in "all the cases where abortion is." Since abortion is allowed for any and all reasons, does that mean the parents who wanted a boy can kill the little girl? Can parents who don't like the looks of the kid, kill the one they consider ugly? If the baby has a cleft palate or a deformed foot or any other disfigurement do they call the "after-birth abortion squad" to off the little non-person?

What kind of "ethicists" suggest this? Logical ones who realize (as pro-lifers do) that there is no difference between the baby waiting to born and the little one in the delivery room.

There are monsters among us who look like normal human beings. They believe pigs have more rights than babies; they support the murder of children up to birth; and now they think that same right should be extended after birth.

When does the right end, I wonder? Are teenagers fully human?

4 comments:

Old Bob said...

"There are monsters among us who look like normal human beings."

In one of the Narnia books, two of the children are discussing this, and one asks if it wouldn't be easier to pick out the monsters if they looked like who they were.

Swift talked about the same thing in Gulliver's Travels, contrasting the Houyhnhnms with the Yahoos.

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Are Catholics fully human?

Anita said...

The Nazis thought what they were doing was morally correct, too.
Killing a living being is wrong and there is no justification for it.

Anonymous said...

I am a woman, who asks: Are young women who go before Congress to ask them to force taxpapers to pay for their sex addictions sane? How on earth do such women get into college in the first place since they have not sense enough to even keep their mouths shut to the whole world about what they do. They let Planned Parenhood, who inflated the dollar figures of course, just use them.