Monday, March 5, 2012
Are Babies People?
Dr. Francesca Minerva, a research associate and ethicist at Oxford University, has been receiving death threats after co-writing an article arguing that killing newborns should be as permissible as getting an abortion.
The controversial article posited the idea that newborns and fetuses were only "potential persons," lacking the same moral status and capabilities as "actual persons" like infants, young children and adults. Therefore, after-birth abortions should be "permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.