We already have post-natal abortion

A huge fuss has broken out over what has been termed post-natal abortion, or the killing of children for a period of time after their birth.

Killing newborns is morally the same as abortion and should be permissible if the mother wishes it, Australian philosophers have argued in an article that has unleashed a firestorm of criticism and forced the British Medical Journal to defend its publication.

Alberto Giubilini, from Monash University, and Francesca Minerva, from the University of Melbourne, say a foetus and a newborn are equivalent in their lack of a sense of their own life and aspiration. They contend this justifies what they call “after-birth abortion” as long as it is painless, because the baby is not harmed by missing out on a life it cannot conceptualise.

About a third of infants with Down syndrome are not diagnosed prenatally, Drs Giubilini and Minerva say, and mothers of children with serious abnormalities should have the chance to end the child’s life after, as well as before, birth.

But this should also extend to healthy infants, the pair argue in the BMJ group’s Journal of Medical Ethics, because the interests of a mother who is unwilling to care for it outweigh a baby’s claims.

The academics call an infant, like a foetus, only a “potential person”, but they do not define the point at which it gains human status, saying this depends on the baby’s degree of self-awareness and is a matter for neurologists and psychologists.

Julian Savulescu, the journal’s editor, said the authors had received death threats since posting the article last week, via the publication’s own website and online discussion forums.

I’m not sure what all the fuss is about. Here in New Zealand this type of “abortion” happens about once or twice a month on average. There are some in our society that think nothing of killing their children up to about school age. PLus they are very creative at how they go about it. Some put them in dryers, or throw them on the roof, other just bash their little heads in, some just drop them a few times.

Often the family closes ranks too all tacitly approving the “abortion”.

But here is the real issue…if it is ok to kill a baby before it is born then surely it is ok to kill it when it doesn’t suit you any more? It is just a factor of timing surely?


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