In Britain, two "medical ethicists" associated with Oxford University have published an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics entitled "After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?" which asserts that newborn babies are not "actual persons" and thus do not have a "moral right to life." As reported in the London Daily Telegraph, the professors argue, "Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are 'morally irrelevant' and ending their lives is no different to abortion." The authors, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva, maintain that "killing a newborn should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled."
The Telegraph story quotes Giubilini and Minerva: "The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus in the sense that both lack those properties that justify the attribution of a right to life to an individual. Rather than being 'actual persons,' newborns were 'potential persons'." They explained: "Both a fetus and a newborn certainly are human beings and potential persons, but neither is a 'person' in the sense of 'subject of a moral right to life'."
Let's hear "pro-choicers" argue against infanticide and present their reasons for doing so. Having ceded any moral high ground that defines human life as distinct from animal life, though some do equate the two, on what basis do they say "no" to the ethicists' argument? They have no basis.
This is where our indifference to human life and its Creator has led us. Requiring ultrasounds before a woman has an abortion will help restore recognition of a baby's right to live and of our own humanity.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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