Thursday, March 1, 2012
Pro-life campaigners have welcomed publication of an article arguing killing newborns should be “permissible”, saying it showed there was no moral difference between abortion and infanticide.
The article, which argued newborns and foetuses were only “potential persons” and not “actual persons”, has provoked a storm of protest.
The authors, whose piece was published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, have received death threats for suggesting 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”.
Many believe such possibilities should never be raised – even within the confines of an ethics journal.
This article was posted: Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:32 am