From Conservative Hideout 2.0, comes the following information, disturbing in the extreme:
Two ethicists working with Australian universities argue in the latest online edition of the Journal of Medical Ethics that if abortion of a fetus is allowable, so to [sic] should be the termination of a newborn.Who gets decides the fate of "potential persons"?
Alberto Giubilini with Monash University in Melbourne and Francesca Minerva at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne write that in “circumstances occur[ing] after birth such that they would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible.”
The two are quick to note that they prefer the term “after-birth abortion“ as opposed to ”infanticide.”...The authors also do not agree with the term euthanasia for this practice as the best interest of the person who would be killed is not necessarily the primary reason his or her life is being terminated. In other words, it may be in the parents’ best interest to terminate the life, not the newborns.
Both a fetus and a newborn certainly are human beings and potential persons, but neither is a ‘person’ in the sense of ‘subject of a moral right to life’. We take ‘person’ to mean an individual who is capable of attributing to her own existence some (at least) basic value such that being deprived of this existence represents a loss to her....
Humanity is sinking to the lowest level and in the name of medical ethics.
Back in the days immediately before and after Roe v. Wade, I recall that pro-life folks warned us of the slippery slope. I viewed those folks were paranoid alarmists. Apparently not! We now see medical ethicists advocating a form of eugenics.
Speaking of eugenics, see THIS, also over at Conservative Hideout 2.0: "UK Docs Agree To Do Abortions Based on Gender."
Will the lunatic fringe in the name of "bioethics" soon become mainstream in the name of "bioethics"? See THIS and THIS. The latter is entitled "‘Bioethicists’ and Obama agree: infanticide should be legal."