Skip to comments.Ethicists give thumbs-up to infanticide
Posted on 02/25/2012 1:12:19 PM PST by wagglebee
If abortion, why not infanticide? This leading question is often treated as a canard by supporters of abortion. However, it is seriously argued by two Italian utilitarians and published online in the prestigious Journal of Medical Ethics this week.
Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva are associated respectively with Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia, and with the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, in the UK.
They argue that both the fetus and the new-born infant are only potential persons without any interests. Therefore the interests of the persons involved with them are paramount until some indefinite time after birth. To emphasise the continuity between the two acts, they term it after-birth abortion rather than infanticide.
Their conclusions may shock but Guibilini and Minerva assert them very confidently. We claim that killing a newborn could be ethically permissible in all the circumstances where abortion would be. Such circumstances include cases where the newborn has the potential to have an (at least) acceptable life, but the well-being of the family is at risk. This assertion highlights another aspect of their argument. Killing an infant after birth is not euthanasia either. In euthanasia, a doctor would be seeking the best interests of the person who dies. But in after-birth abortion it is the interests of people involved, not the baby.
To critical eyes, their argument will no doubt look like a slippery slope, as they are simply seeking to extend the logic of abortion to infanticide:
If criteria such as the costs (social, psychological, economic) for the potential parents are good enough reasons for having an abortion even when the fetus is healthy, if the moral status of the newborn is the same as that of the infant and if neither has any moral value by virtue of being a potential person, then the same reasons which justify abortion should also justify the killing of the potential person when it is at the stage of a newborn.
How long after birth is it ethically permissible to kill infants? Guibilini and Minerva leave that question up to neurologists and psychologists, but it takes at least a few weeks for the infant to become self-conscious. At that stage it moves from being a potential person to being a person, and infanticide would no longer be allowed.
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Now, Now, Now! WE should be passing the children through the fire to Moloch. (Sarcasm!)
Why limit it to infants? That trouble creating six year old is certainly not yet a fully formed adult. What of the elderly no longer capable of contributing to the maintainence of my lifestyle? All this reverence toward human life is so 20th century.
Their god is the devil. They are to be pitied.
From the link to the Journal of Medical “Ethics”:
Dr Francesca Minerva, CAPPE, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC 3010, Australia;
Obama agrees with them. Nice to know these two clowns are tenured and taxpayer supported.
What kind of people are these?
Slippery slope-—always happens.
It is why the Catholic Church remains firm on contraception and birth control pills-—slippery slope to the degradation of women and sex and thus, human life.
The Catholic Church is right again.
All godless people agree with them.
Worldview matters, and we, a nation under God, should condemn such godless people. Their ideas destroy the intent and meaning of the Constitution and destroys the very humanity of man. Virtue is necessary in our Republic and it is the Ethics of Judeo/Christian religion—not hinduism, wicca, allah or other irrational “religions”.
If criteria such as the costs (social, psychological, economic) for the potential parents are good enough reasons for having an abortion even when the fetus is healthy, if the moral status of the newborn is the same as that of the infant and if neither has any moral value by virtue of being a potential person, then the same reasons which justify abortion should also justify the killing of the potential person when it is at the stage of a newborn. "
I'll only point to the logical end of this reasoning here:
Although officially started in September 1939, Action T4 might have been initiated with a sort of trial balloon; in late 1938, Adolf Hitler instructed his personal physician Karl Brandt to evaluate a family's petition for the "mercy killing" of their blind, physically and developmentally disabled infant boy. The boy was eventually killed in July 1939. Hitler also instructed Brandt to proceed in the same manner in similar cases. The foundation of the Committee for the Scientific Treatment of Severe, Genetically Determined Illness in order to prepare and proceed with the massive secret killing of infants took place in May 1939 and the respective secret order to start the registration of ill children, took place on 18 August 1939, three weeks after the murder of the mentioned boy.
Those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it.
Their arguments are certainly equally applicable to Italian professors ~ and there’s no reason to delay starting out with them ~ certainly there’s currently no shortage of them.
No, not pitied, but disposed of like human refuse.
It's interesting that most pro-abortion people, when confronted by the reality of the logic of this, will flinch. Even Peter Singer, in his heyday, when confronted with the reality of the example of his world-view in his own Alzheimer's disease-stricken mother, flinched (he later copped out by saying his sister shared in the decision as to what to do with their mother). Guibilini and Minerva, at least in the theoretical, do not flinch, but I would not give them any special credit for that. The extermination camps were full of butchers who sent women and young children to the gas chambers with nary a thought, and then went home to their own families at night seemingly none the worst in their consciences.
How long after birth is it ethically permissible to kill...
Until about the time the authors are themselves, struck down?
But they have God-given natural rights which are absolute, and it is the God-given natural duty to not violate and those rights.
Epitomy of evil, like obama
Their logic is flawless how ever you will always come up with error when you reason from error.
Satan is alive and well and working in academia.
The organizations that employ these evil persons should be shamed and hounded into firing them. Their employers are just as responsible as these demonic people. It’s weird that as soon as you see the word “Ethics” you know it really means “Evil”.
So they have no problem with sex-selection post-birth abortion because there are a number of cultures where a girl is a real burden on a family, a maggot in the rice.
Since they carry every premise to its logical conclusion.
Def. “ethics”: academic term for subversion of morality
Why limit it to newborns? There are a lot of 2 year olds that their parents would want to strangle, as well as obnoxious teenagers.
It would be doing society a favor to consider the euthanasia of otherwise healthy people who have welfare as their only means of support for generations.
Likewise, our prisons are bulging at the seams with violent psychopaths who can never be allowed to walk the street. We used to euthanize such people at frequent intervals and we are none the worse for having done so.
But this leads to the biggest push for euthanasia.
Democrats, along with anarchists, fascists and communists.
People who hate America, and are filled with feelings of hate, anger, inferiority, superiority, bigotry, perversion and every other vice known to man.
It’s just better to realize that they will never be happy, are a threat to themselves and others, and are a waste of resources.
/dripping with sarcasm
Not at all. It is simple the normal thinking of eugenicists. The human being is distinguished from other beings by his/her self-consciousness. The factual problem.of course, is that some of them are troubled about dophins but not by the evidence that a child in the womb is aware of things at an earlier stage than we once thought the case. Children at birth were once thought o be blank slates. But it is quite possible that some people remember being born, and even before being born have come to know the voice of their mothers.
Peter Singer of Princeton preaches the same.
Honestly....Why would any rational parent send their child to Princeton? Why not just have them jump in a septic tank?
What will they think of next.
Everything is only a potential whatever because this is the necessary stage to go through to get to be “x”. A chapter is only a potential book, a seed only a potential tree, clay only a potential pot. Just because something doesn’t magically appear full-blown does not mean that it can be thrown out or nothing would ever become anything.
To borrow the quote “the story 1984 was a warning, not an instruction manual”; the story “The Pre-Persons” was a warning, not an instruction manual.
In “The Pre-Persons”, you could have kids put to sleep up to the point where they could understand abstract thought - in the story, that was defined as ability to do algebra. An adult decides to challenge this system, by saying he had a head injury and forgot upper math.
There is no “Moloch” and there never was.
This strikes me as a hasty and undiscening statement. Hinduism, for instance, is vast, and comprehending its entire significance would require years of study, and of course humility --- the willingness to be patient and persisting in goodwill --- which is the gateway to all wisdom.
Writing the whole thing off as "irrational" --- a one-word dismissal tout court --- does not show a just and discerning spirit.
I refer you to someone well-versed in reason, Natural Law, and Catholic philosophy, who would offer a more appreciative assessment of Hindu thought: namely Joseph Ratzinger.
Ratzinger was (is) very much a student of Paul Hacker and his mammoth work on Hinduism, which he used as part of the courses he taught on fundamental theology. With neither invidious prejudice nor uncritical approval, Ratzinger grasped some of the essential reason in Hinduism, e.g. Karma conceived of as a science of cause and effect, having many congruities with Natural Law as it is understood in the West.
You might wsant to look into that.
Birth control puts toxins into the body—it is unnatural and can cause birth defects and other evil effects on future children. Birth control pills encourage cancers and who knows what other abnormalities-—as with abortion which is closely linked to breast cancer because of the abrupt unnatural change in hormones in the body. It is also contaminating all water supplies.
The evil aspect of contraception and abortions are hidden from all women. You never have “no effect” from putting known toxins into the body. Deliberately harming the body is immoral and destroying the water supply is even more immoral.
Deliberately putting toxins into your body to prevent the consequences of deliberate immoral actions is always evil and reduces women to sexual objects to be used solely for lust. It reduces them to an object for lust—as does prostitution and other immoral acts.
When you have the possibility of creating life—there is more respect in the consequences of acts which creates responsible acts which NEVER destroys the aspect of the sex act from the beauty of creating life. That elevates the worth of the sex act which makes women more protected because of their ability to produce life. It is elevating and a powerful aspect of womanhood—which was elevated in our society until Cultural Marxists pushed Hefner and the pill to destroy morality and that connection of sex and life. It is nihilism.
Birth Control removes consequences of immoral acts which encourages them. Welfare does the same thing—get used to an unnatural “good” and it determines your character which always leads to a vice.
Immoral acts ALWAYS degrades human beings to mere objects for one’s selfish needs. Doing things which harm the body, so you can misuse it in unnatural ways is immoral.
Isn’t Hinduism, Pantheism? They don’t believe in one God—America is founded on ONE God—and that God is a Judeo/Christian God. That is my point. If you remove that God—where some believe in Mother Earth-—you remove the very Standards which deal with Right and Wrong—which come from the Bible—not Hinduism.
I am not saying there is nothing good about Hinduism—of course, there is—but there is much evil, too and ideas that led to a horrendous culture. I am talking about what Churchill said about it==Hinduism and Islam, when England ruled that nation. There is no comparison to Christianity-—NONE, as D’Souza himself has stated in “What’s so Great About Christianity.” I believe he should know since his parents were Hindu, I think.
Not only did CS Lewis state that Christianity was the most perfect religion but D’Souza premise in his book which I read, “What’s so Great About Christianity?” had the same premise: That of all religions, Christianity is the most rational religion based on the perfect example for life that Jesus Christ gives—and his elevation of all people, not just certain groups, even the lepers—as no other religion does. BUT, it also is about Free Will, where people are their own agents.
It was no accident that USA was founded during the Age of Reason and before Voltaire and the Enlightenment did their total damage on Christianity like the Marxists/postmodernists did to destroy Reason and Logic which Christianity always has championed. In fact, they say there is NO SEPARATION of Faith and Reason. NONE. You are not human if you separate the two—there is always faith in something.
We have seen societies that put their faith in Marxism/Atheism/paganism etc. and they are all ugly, ugly cultures especially for women and children. Christianity is what rid the world of slavery, child sacrifice, pederasty and homosexuality—all widely practiced in other cultures except with the orthodox Jews who were more exclusive than Christians.
Up to two years.
See Cass Sunstein’s “complete lives” system.
2 to 40
May God come back soon so that an end it put to this type of child sacrificing.
I dispute this contention, but the prevalence of the contention is remarkable.
When women abort, many say that she "must have" been ignorant of the baby being a baby [and thus not morally culpable], or must have been told to have the abortion by someone else [with that alleged someone else being said to have all/most of the moral culpability], or she must have been "driven to it" by ever-so-desperate circumstances [putting the moral culpability on poverty or society].
Is it simply to horrible of a fact to face that women - mothers - are willfully killing their own daughters and sons (via abortion) in full awareness of what they do?
They do hide all the statistics and data that prove abortion is connected to Breast Cancer. They also don’t publicize all the hormones in our drinking water and the connection of the birth control pill and breast cancer which spiked after a decade after the “pill” was introduced.
The Marxist use language so people don’t regard the “fetus” as a human being. They call it “pro-choice” instead of pro=kill===they lie about facts and try to hide the evil of their acts by sugar-coating the act. They start with young children to “educate’ them into moral relativism to destroy Judeo/Christian Ethics. The schools (since Dewey) no longer teach Virtue and Morality which is did since Aristotle—school’s purpose was to teach Virtue since it is necessary for free people who are not addicted to their material world. If you have no virtue—you have no control over yourself.
Do you think some liberal CNN debate moderator will bring this issue up when it's us vs Obama on the stage? Don't hold your breath.
Sam and Dean. Demons on aisle 666.
With that I agree; flooding the body with chemicals to send in it weird and unnatural directions is going to have side effects.
It is also contaminating all water supplies.
The funny thing about that is that although it is true, verifiable, and fully trackable, it is still put into the "conspiracy theory" category by many.
Deliberately putting toxins into your body to prevent the consequences of deliberate immoral actions is always evil and reduces women to sexual objects to be used solely for lust.
Ask virtually any college woman is she wants to settle down and have babies in the following year or two. Most will say "no"; many will talk about postponing parenthood until their late 20's. Yet, most of them are having sex - because they want to - and have been having sex since at least the beginning of their college years. That introduces a massive disconnect: at least ten years in which they are having sex but are unwilling to accept parenthood.
I wonder where these guys stand on killing Italian utilitarians.
God is here, just ignored by many.
Our culture is set up to destroy the natural family. They remove the possibility of men to care for women and children—to provide for them like up until the 60’s when the Marxists started deconstructing our society—after Wilson and FDR’s socialization.
Marxism/socialism destroys the natural family as does immorality. Destroy morality and you destroy relationships. The proposal by cultural Marxists (Marcuse) in the 50’s and 60’s and then with the use of media in the late 60’s and beyond-—to destroy Christian Ethics (Archie Bunker/Hefner/Deep Throat) and normalize promiscuity —glorify it with beautiful stars and millions of dollars and promote heroes who are dysfunctional and immoral and you corrupt the future generation.
Without morality—you destroy Ethical behavior—and then the Marxist leaders can decide life and death and no one will blink an eye. We are like the Weimar Republic—where vile entertainment and vulgar art became widespread with the communists and people were desperate for order when Hitler showed up. But they were conditioned to look the other way at immorality—so they allowed Hitler to kill hundreds of thousand of disabled people and then of course, the Jews and (true) Christians.
Without Virtue, civil societies implode. Cultural Marxists targeted the schools and all media and got total control with Carter.
However, it is not accurate to say that there is "no comparison" between Christianity and Hinduism. There are striking dissimilarities, some of them fundamental; but on the other hand, it is Natural Law itself which points to the fact that there are important convergences. This is precisely because the One God is the Author of both the Book of Nature and the Book of Scripture. It is He who has planted Natural Law in all of us -- all --- when He planted Reason and Free Will.
One can be too hasty in accepting only a few, possibly biased and necessarily incomplete, sources. What of it if Dinesh D'zouza's parents were Hindu, "so he should know" the deficiencies of Hinduism? Think what absolute rot Nancy Pelosi's children could say about Catholcism, based on their parents!!
As I understand it, in the Manu Samhita sodomy is punishable by death for males. The M.S. is no longer followed, but it is the ancient (up until the British) law book of Hinduism. Or the main one. Many state laws in India still have some edicts of the Manu Samhita. And infanticide or abortion were absolutely illegal.
Its all online on the Sacred Texts website, which is a fascinating site.
I have a great respect for Ratzinger, too. I am very willingly his ecclesiastical subject, and we are both disciples of the Lord Jesus.
I am convinced that any rape, statutory or forcible, of a person of either sex, by a person of either sex, should incur criminal penalties which are swift, severe, and certain. Anal sodomy would be an aggravating factor.
I would not say it should be the death penalty. If long-term imprisonment could realistically protect society from such exploiters and aggressors, then prison would be justly required rather than death.
What exactly did Churchill say about Hinduism? He was spot on about the description he had for Islam.
Don't forget the ones who are selling their eggs to get a little extra cash.
As an aside (and in the interest of balance): Ask virtually any college man if he wants to settle down and have babies in the next year or two. Most will say "no"; many will talk about postponing parenthood until their late 20's. Yet, most of them are having sex - because they want to - and have been having sex since at least the beginning of their college years. That introduces a massive disconnect: at least ten years in which they are having sex but are unwilling to accept parenthood.