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PRINCETON, N.J. (BP)--Princeton University's Peter Singer, widely known for his founding of the Great Ape Project to grant apes the same rights as humans, said Sept. 11 he would kill a disabled baby â€śif that was in the best interests of the baby and of the family as a whole.â€ť
â€śMany people find this shocking, yet they support a womanâ€™s right to have an abortion,â€ť Singer, a professor of bioethics, said in a question and answer article in The Independent, a British newspaper. â€śOne point on which I agree with opponents of abortion is that, from the point of view of ethics rather than the law, there is no sharp distinction between the fetus and the newborn baby.â€ť...
"one positive thing about Singer is that he is consistent" -- this is the guy who talked about killing the elderly, but bought his own ailing, elderly mother the best care money could buy, right? I can't remember what condition his mother had, but he sure didn't act consistently with his principles. They never do. Situational ethics always boils down to (a) wanting everyone else to follow natural law except the elite who can scorn it, or (b) wanting everyone to follow natural law except for my one particular sin which is always a rationalized exception.