After-birth abortion?

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Yup, you read that right.

I recently read an article that talks about 2 ethicists who claim that  “killing a newborn could be ethically permissible in all the circumstances where abortion would be.” Their claims were published in a major medical ethics journal.

Um, beg your pardon?

I thought doctors pledged to “do no harm.”

One of the biggest arguments that abortion is justifiable was that the baby hadn’t been born yet. Now they’re saying that even if the baby has been born, alive and healthy, that it’s OK to kill them?

Another huge argument for abortion is that it should be the woman’s choice because it’s the woman’s body. After the baby has been born, the woman’s body has nothing to do with it. So how is this justifiable?

We in North America are appalled when we hear about infanticide in other countries where babies are killed because of their gender or any birth defects. Is this not more appalling?

Basically, the article states that if having  taking care of the baby will be too hard on the parents, whether socially, financially, or psychologically, it’s should be ethically permissible to kill the baby.

I suppose that a living, breathing human being isn’t that important if the people who brought him or her into the world decide that being a parent is too hard.

How have we as a society become so hardened that we don’t value a new life?

I would think it would be more psychologically damaging to the parents to have to live with the fact that they murdered their baby after the baby was born alive.

Where is the line going to be drawn? It’s socially acceptable to kill the unborn and the very ill. Now they’re suggesting that it’s alright to kill a newborn baby. What’s next? I don’t think I want to know.



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