A modest proposal: kill your newborn if you don't want him.

Killing newborns should be permissible.

Call it "after-birth abortion" (but don't call it infanticide). Insist that killing an infant should be permissible for any reason, just like abortion. Argue that an infant is no different than a fetus. Assert that not wanting a newborn is reason enough to kill it.

No, I'm not making this up. It is a serious argument, presented with due gravity in an international scholarly publication, the Journal of Medical Ethics. Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva, philosophers affiliated with two Australian universities, reasoned in a Feb. 23 paper called "After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?" that "… fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons (and) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant."

Continue reading on the Chicago Tribune op-ed page.


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