February 28, 2012 5:44 PM
Killing newborns legal in HollandI never knew, but am not surprised:
Journal editor defends pro-infanticide piece: Killing newborns is already legal in Holland
Editor Julian Savulescu also criticizes what he calls the "hate speech" directed at the authors of the article, arguing that the public's response to the piece shows that "proper academic discussion and freedom are under threat from fanatics opposed to the very values of a liberal society."
In the journal article Alberto Giubilin, a philosopher from the University of Milan, and Francesca Minerva, an ethicist from the University of Melbourne, made the case that "after-birth abortion" should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is perfectly healthy. They base their argument on the premise that the unborn baby and the newborn do not have the moral status of actual persons and are consequently "morally irrelevant."
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In response to the backlash, Savulescu wrote that the arguments in the article "are largely not new and have been presented repeatedly in the academic literature and public fora by the most eminent philosophers and bioethicists in the world, including Peter Singer, Michael Tooley and John Harris."
He also observes that the paper "draws attention to the fact that infanticide is practised in the Netherlands."
The fact that The Netherlands already permits the killing of disabled newborns is not widely known, even by many in the pro-life movement. The practice is permitted under the so-called Groningen Protocol, which outlines the circumstances under which a physician may deliver a lethal injection to a newborn who suffers from a disability, at the request of the child's parents.
An article published in 2008 in the prestigious Hastings Center Report about the Protocol similarly provoked outrage after the authors argued that disabled babies might be "better off dead."
The authors of that article also linked infanticide to legalized abortion, arguing that infanticide may in fact be the morally superior alternative to abortion.
"The supposedly morally superior alternative [of abortion]...does not strike us as superior at all," they wrote. Instead, they said, parents of a child with a poor prenatal diagnosis should wait until the child is born, when they can make a more informed decision about the chance that their child has of living a "satisfactory" life.
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Puts a whole new spin on that "Welcome to Holland" essay.
Posted by: Kate J | March 1, 2012 5:40 PM