“In spite of the oxymoron in the expression, we propose to call this practice ‘after-birth abortion’, rather than ‘infanticide’, to emphasise that the moral status of the individual killed is comparable with that of a fetus (on which ‘abortions’ in the traditional sense are performed) rather than to that of a child. Therefore, we claim that killing a newborn could be ethically permissible in all the circumstances where abortion would be. Such circumstances include cases where the newborn has the potential to have an (at least) acceptable life, but the well-being of the family is at risk. Accordingly, a second terminological specification is that we call such a practice ‘after-birth abortion’ rather than ‘euthanasia’ because the best interest of the one who dies is not necessarily the primary criterion for the choice, contrary to what happens in the case of euthanasia.” – Journal Of Medical Ethics, 23 February 2012
Wikipedia: The Journal of Medical Ethics is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the field of bioethics established in 1975.
The term “Peer-Reviewed” is used like a loose whore. Similar to the Nobel Peace Prize. The journals Editor, Julian Savulescu comments on the paper and responds to hate-mail etc.: “Liberals Are Disgusting”: In Defence of the Publication of “After-Birth Abortion”
However, the goal of the Journal of Medical Ethics is not to present the Truth or promote some one moral view. It is to present well reasoned argument based on widely accepted premises. – Julian Savulescu, Editor, Journal of Medical Ethics
The Journal does not specifically support substantive moral views, ideologies, theories, dogmas or moral outlooks, over others. It supports sound rational argument. Moreover, it supports freedom of ethical expression. – Julian Savulescu, Editor, Journal of Medical Ethics
My opinion is The Journal of Medical Ethics belongs next to the National Enquirer at the Grocery. Unfortunately, Eugenics is a belief that is very alive today.
“Coercive practices that threaten our neighbor(s) also threaten us.” — Butler Shaffer