The Right to Murder Infants?

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped inside her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  Then she exclaimed with a loud cry:  ‘You are the most blessed of women, and your child will be blessed.’”  Luke 1:41, 42

“The Journal of Medical Ethics recently ran an essay calling for the right to murder infants.  Not fetuses. Infants.

“In ‘After-birth Abortion: Why should the baby live?’ the authors, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva, answered their own question straight off. ‘What we call “after-birth abortion” (killing a new born) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.’

“The authors focus on when a child is disabled, disfigured, or defective in some way.  But in much the same way that the forces in favor of ‘traditional abortion always keep that extra option open—usually with the phrase ‘health of the mother,’ which includes the convenience of the mother—the authors also believe that you should be able to kill the baby in its crib if the father skips town or if the mother just got a great job offer that makes taking care of a baby a big hassle.

“Now, of course, this is a moral horror.  It is also a perfect illustration of why I lean toward the pro-life positon.  My faith isn’t sufficient to tell me that blastocysts or embryos are people.  But my reasoning tells me that fetuses in the eighth month are obviously babies.  It’s a conundrum.  But one thing I don’t want is the government deciding who is a worthy human being and who isn’t.  That can only lead to horror. Unmoored from dogma on these issues, you get ‘experts’ telling us it’s okay to put down a healthy baby like it was an old, sick cat.

“That’s what gets me to my real point, though.  The authors also believe the cat—or some other animal—has more of an inalienable right to life than a baby does.  In other words, these people are bat-guano crazy….

“And herein lies the challenge for conservatives.  When we ghettoize and withdraw from mainstream institutions, those institutions don’t go away.  Instead, they become intellectually inbred.  What passes for reasonable discourse on college campuses and in professional journals is often absolutely crazy.  But having the support of your colleagues and community builds courage and confidence.” Jonah Goldberg, National Review, April 2, 2012, p. 10

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