Ethicist Argue for 'After-Birth Abortions As Newborns' Are Not Persons'
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 should be the termination of a newborn.
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 âcircumstances occur[ing] after birth such that they would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible.â
The two are quick to note that they prefer the term âafter-birth abortionâ as opposed to âinfanticide.â Why? Because it â[emphasizes] that the moral status of the individual killed is comparable with that of a fetus (on which âabortionsâ in the traditional sense are performed) rather than to that of a child.â...