Ken Connor

So, what do our erstwhile ethicists suggest are acceptable circumstances under which the newborn may be killed? This might include a situation where the well-being of the family is at risk, even if the newborn had the potential for an 'acceptable' life. . . . Thus, a newborn whose family (or society) can be socially, economically or psychologically burdened or damaged by the newborn should have the ability to seek out a legal after-birth abortion."

There are no words to describe the level of depravity, the chilling inhumanity, of such logic. One has to wonder if these so-called bioethical "experts" are themselves parents, and if so, how they justify their abhorrent philosophy to their children. "Be grateful you weren't a social, economic, or psychological burden to your mother and me, Junior, or it might have been an after-birth abortion for you."

That this proposition is even embraced as a legitimate contribution to the field of bioethics is indicative of what happens when a society defines itself by it's unwillingness to recognize and adhere to fixed, universal limits. Reject traditional morality, cast off the bounds of religion, place the individual at the center of the moral universe and you have the perfect recipe for a culture in which virtually everything is permissible.

"Progressives" believe that mankind is on a steady and inevitable march towards utopia. Only by eliminating our dependence on the "God of the gaps" and learning to place faith in ourselves can we achieve true actualization as a species. This philosophy has yielded a society in which proponents of infanticide are no longer castigated as disordered sociopaths but accepted as legitimate participants in the public conversation.

Progress my eye! Heaven help us.

Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.