Bioethics

Infanticide and the Recognition of Personhood

Earlier this year, a paper, “After-Birth Abortion: Why Should the Baby Live?”, by Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva was published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, making a case for the legitimacy of infanticide—which, no doubt to soften the blow, the authors called “after-birth abortion”—under certain conditions. In essence, the argument the authors made was that as (in their view and a widely held public view) abortion is morally legitimate, and as there is no reason to see a moral difference between a fetus and a very young infant, certain forms of infanticide should be permitted for utilitarian reasons such…

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