When you have ethicists offering an argument that transforms infanticide – murder – to abortion, which is supposedly not murder, then the next step is to argue for murder of kids and finally, murder of adults. The challenge for the elite’s philosophers will be to find or create terms to hide the fact it is murder. But if infanticide can be made innocuous, they will have achieved a huge step towards efforts at legitimating murder of other age groups, their ultimate goal. The typical anti-abortionists (usually right-of-center Catholics and conservatives) indeed are right about abortion expressing a culture of death, but their error is to blame the establishment of such a culture on abortion alone, as if merely prohibiting abortion will end the culture of death. Such an assumption is enormously naïve and false. There are many more components to that culture they seem to willfully ignore, such as the war machine, environmental exploitation and degradation, unbridled finance capitalism, and so much more. Limiting it to abortion gives too much credit to one facet of the whole, which has many other facets. Evil is one, but evil does not have one tentacle, it has multiple tentacles, to more efficiently grab its victims.
Dr Francesca Minerva, a former Oxford University ethicist, who co-wrote a controversial article that argued killing newborn babies should be as permissible as abortion, has said she has received death threats over the paper.
Stephen Adams, Medical Correspondent
The Telegraph, 2 March 2012
The article, which argued newborns and foetuses were only “potential persons” and not “actual persons”, has provoked a storm of protest.
Dr Minerva, a research associate at Oxford while being based at the University of Melbourne, said the recent days had been “the worst in my life” after the article attracted widespread attention.
“This is not a proposal for law,” she told an Australian news website. “This is pure academic discussion.
“I wish I could explain to people it is not a policy and I’m not suggesting that and I’m not encouraging that.”
The authors, whose piece was published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, suggested 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”.