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Monday, February 27, 2012

How did the advocacy of legalized infanticide become respectable?

Here is a link to the text of "After-Birth Abortion: Why Should the Baby Live?" by Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva:



Perhaps it would be worth pausing to ask, from the bottom of the slope, how we came to such a pass that infanticide could be defended without a hint of shame by respectable people writing in a respected journal of medical ethics. ". . . but by that logic, infanticide would be acceptable," used to be the knock-out punch in a reductio ad absurdum argument. No more, at least in the intellectual sector of the culture. What does that say about the intellectual culture? And is there any reason to suppose that it can be contained there? Already the vast majority of children diagnosed in utero with Down's Syndrome are killed by abortion. So, if a Down's child or a child with some other handicap somehow slips through the screen, "why should the baby live?"


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