What think you of professionals in medical ethics who say killing a newborn (infanticide) should be regarded the same as abortion? The professional publication advocating the idea is reported Here and here. These authors favor killing unwanted babies as: “Post-birth abortions.” I guess you can become a medical ethics expert nowadays without the Hippocratic Oath. By the sound of things, they must take instead a Hypocritic Oath. “I solemnly swear as your gynecologist to hold your new baby up for your inspection and to dispose of it if you decide it isn’t up to your expectations.”
Of course, these “ethicists” are only being honest. The day the Supremes decided Roe vs. Wade in favor of convenience abortion, they left the life of any nascent human up to the tender mercies of mommy. If any one of us has the legal power of life or death over another without review or restraint, that day, human life has not particular value any more. And we’re long past that.
It’s a tough case: if you claim we have no right to take life, human life being a sacred gift and out of our hands, you’ve made it hard on some moms who aren’t ready for kids just because they wanted sex. Or were raped. Or in a few cases, will be at risk of death by delivering a baby. However, you might have averted some 50 million deaths by abortion since Roe vs. Wade, from 50 million momies whose mercies weren’t all that tender. And we likely wouldn’t have ‘ethicists’ advocating killing unwanted newborn since they’re “not persons” yet. We do find ways to kid ourselves, don’t we? And ways to duck responsibility…
The thing is though, once we take other folks’ lives into our hands, we can’t complain when someone else takes on the decision concerning our lives, can we? And is that sort of society one in which we will want to live and hand to our children? (Those we let live, of course.)
I guess we’ll find out, right?