Friday, March 02, 2012

Stop Me If You've Heard This One

Published February 22, 2012 in the Journal of Medical Ethics:

"After-Birth Abortion: Why Should the Baby Live?"

Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus’ health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) 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.

Full article here.


Alberto Giubilini
Department of Philosophy, Univ. of Milan, Milan, Italy
Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash Univ., Melbourne,

Francesca Minerva
Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Univ. of Melbourne
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Oxford Univ.

Dr. Minerva invites your comments here:

Question for your table: Are these professors right, wrong, or is it just a matter of opinion?

Shabbat Shalom

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