Thursday, March 1, 2012

Philosophers argue for infanticide, call it "after-birth abortion"

Two philosophers who work in Australia have published an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics which argues it should be legal for parents to kill their newborn children.  The authors argue that infants have no more value than the unborn so it should be legal to kill infants just as it is legal to kill the unborn. They use the term "after-birth abortion" to describe infanticide. This shows what can happen when people abandon the belief that all human beings have the right to life. 
The article, entitled "After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?", was written by two of Prof Savulescu's former associates, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva.

They argued: "The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus in the sense that both lack those properties that justify the attribution of a right to life to an individual."

Rather than being "actual persons", newborns were "potential persons". They explained: "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'.