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Australian Ethicists Argue Right to Kill Babies After Born

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An article entitled “After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?” was recently published in the London-based Journal of Medical Ethics, advocating that if abortion is allowed, then society also has the right to kill a newborn child. This outrageous deduction by Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva takes abortion to its logical conclusion.

The abstract states that “both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons…[and] adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue 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.”

It is revolting to consider it a right to kill a helpless newborn baby. This shocking position should stir a second look at legalized abortion. If you can kill a child in the womb, even up to the moment before birth, then there is no logical reason to protect life after birth.

A human being begins at the moment of conception and should be afforded legal protection at all stages of life. It is shocking to see people advocating killing children after they are born. It is just as shocking to see people advocating killing them before they are born.

If the test for one’s life continuing was based on not burdening someone else, everyone’s life would fail at one point or another. The question then becomes how burdensome must you be to merit your murder?

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