Two prominent so-called ethicists sparked a wave of outrage after arguing in a prominent journal that killing babies after birth should be permissible, claiming newborns should not be considered “persons” and citing the widespread legalized slaughter of pre-born children as justification.
Critics promptly denounced the conclusions as monstrous and barbaric. However, more than a few commentators acknowledged that the pro-infanticide argument simply represents the next logical step in the debate based on the "moral" reasoning underpinning legalized abortion.
The highly controversial paper — entitled “After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?” — was published by the Journal of Medical Ethics. The peer-reviewed journal, which has come under fire before for other unsavory proposals, styles itself “a leading international journal that reflects the whole field of medical ethics.”
The piece was written by two authors with ties to universities in Europe and Australia: Francesca Minerva with the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne, and Alberto Giubilini of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Milan. Both authors and the institutions they are affiliated with have come under increasing scrutiny as criticism of the infanticide arguments continues to build.
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