I hit Snopes on the authors name. I googled it. I kind of thought maybe it was joke like the Larry Doyle “satire”. (It ain’t satire if you believe it Larry.) I am holding out hope this is some kind of joke or satire on medical ethics or something like that, but I am afraid it is not. No one would be more pleased than I if this was all a terrible mistake. I’d love to be the fool in this case.
This little gem from The Telegraph is arguing that killing babies is no different than abortion. Even adoption could pose a risk on the mother’s mental well being and hence it is morally permissible to kill a healthy newborn in such cases. The Telegraph article was kind enough to link to the actual Journal of Medical Ethics article in PDF form. I actually downloaded it and read the whole thing. It is all in there, they are asserting that it is morally permissible to kill your newborn. HHS now this. WWAD? (What Would Alphonse Do?)
Here is the abstract from the Journal of Medical Ethics article:
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.
It goes on to give their justifications for this abomination. You all should read it. It is not that long. They sound a lot like these guys.
I love this line the most from the Telegraph article in defense of the “medical ethicists”.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, he added: “This “debate” has been an example of “witch ethics” – a group of people know who the witch is and seek to burn her. It is one of the most dangerous human tendencies we have. It leads to lynching and genocide. Rather than argue and engage, there is a drive is to silence and, in the extreme, kill, based on their own moral certainty. That is not the sort of society we should live in.”
When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.