Skip to comments.Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say
Posted on 04/12/2012 5:00:22 AM PDT by IbJensen
Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are morally irrelevant and ending their lives is no different to abortion, a group of medical ethicists linked to Oxford University has argued.
The article, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, says newborn babies are not actual persons and do not have a moral right to life.
The journals editor, Prof Julian Savulescu, director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, said the article's authors had received death threats since publishing the article. He said those who made abusive and threatening posts about the study were fanatics opposed to the very values of a liberal society.
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.
They also argued that parents should be able to have the baby killed if it turned out to be disabled without their knowing before birth, for example citing that only the 64 per cent of Downs syndrome cases in Europe are diagnosed by prenatal testing.
Dr Trevor Stammers, director of medical ethics at St Mary's University College, said: "If a mother does smother her child with a blanket, we say 'it's doesn't matter, she can get another one,' is that what we want to happen?
"What these young colleagues are spelling out is what we would be the inevitable end point of a road that ethical philosophers in the States and Australia have all been treading for a long time and there is certainly nothing new."
...Dr Stammers added: "This is just verbal manipulation that is not philosophy. I might refer to abortion henceforth as antenatal infanticide."
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Are the innocent victims of collateral damage morally irrelevant also?
Why are "medical ethicists" so often lacking in morality?
This is where we're headed.
They're absolutely right on this point. Abortion IS killing a baby.
Murder is murder.
Too bad they don't see THAT point.
You are ABSOKUTELY correct!!
Liberals will lie. They will create their own facts. They will even believe their own fabrications.
Occassionally, there is one who sees the facts as they are. They see the facts truly and correctly; they see facts that both they and we conservatives can agree on. AND THEY DRAW EXACTLY THE WRONG CONCLUSIONS.
How is this possible?? I do not know; but Satan will explain it to them when they come into HIS kingdom.
This is pure evil.
I have a grand-niece who is expecting twins in mid-June. She has been married nearly 5 years and she wants to be a Mom - desperately! She has suffered two miscarriages and one stillborn daughter who was only 2 weeks from full-term when the cord strangled the infant. This couple is praying so hard for God to grant them a safe birth for their twins. Every day that she keeps the twins in her womb is a day for rejoicing.
People who write such evil things consider themselves ethicists???? What sort of idiocy have we come to?
For forty years they mocked anyone who said that abortion put us on a “slippery slope” to infanticide.
They're right: therefore babies should not be killed before OR after birth.
It’s not a slippery slope.
It’s the same thing.
Granted, but our opponents saw a distinction between the two acts, and refused to believe that acceptance of one would inevitably lead to acceptance of the other.