After-Birth Abortion, Redux

While it is true that the question of “After-Birth Abortion” has kicked up quite a controversy… it is far from a storm. At most, it is a tempest in a tea cup.

In fact, the publishers of The Journal of Medical Ethics are probably seeing issues of their magazine fly off the shelves. They’re probably congratulating themselves on their PR coup and planning the next assault on the moral fiber of Western Civilization.

This is merely the beginning of what happens when you subtract God from every facet of human existence.

And no, they will not stop at killing babies, the handicapped, and the just plain inconvenient.

One day, they’ll be coming for you.

‘Yes, We Are Serious’: ‘Ethicists’ Defend ‘After-Birth Abortion’ Argument in Raucous Radio Interview

March 1, 2012 by Liz Klimas, The Blaze

The two ethicists who made an argument for allowing “after-birth abortions” — the killing newborns who were not considered people by the authors’ definition of personhood — in a peer-reviewed academic article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics have received threats for their logic and thus have felt called upon to defend their position.

(Related: ‘Journal of Medical Ethics’ stands by publication of ‘after-birth abortions’ article)

One of the authors of “After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?”, Francesca Minerva with the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne, joined radio host Simon Conway for WHO 1040 out of Des Moines, Iowa, to clarify the argument made in the journal article.

Conway launches into the the interview first asking Minerva “Are you serious?“ To which she responded ”Yes, we are serious.” Minerva then goes on to answer Conway’s questions for clarification about if what she and co-author Alberto Giubilini with Monash University in Melbourne are in fact making a case in their piece for killing a baby after it has been born. Minerva confirms this and gives explanation as to why.

“For the same reasons of why you can have an abortion during a pregnancy,” Minerva said. “People have different reasons, right?”

She notes that after-birth abortions should be permitted if parents decide that they want to prevent their child from having a difficult or painful life. One of the reasons many people abort fetuses, she notes, is due to diseases or other deformities. But, some of these disorders are not detected while the child is in the womb. In cases such as this, Minerva and Giubilini argue in their paper, termination of the newborn should be allowed. This sentiment should also apply then to healthy newborns, she says, because some people abort perfectly health fetuses for a variety of personal reasons as well.

Read the rest of the article and listen to the interview, here.