After-Birth Abortion

The beginning of human life at fertilization is a scientific fundamental truth. It’s horribly tragic that people in positions of influence can’t grasp the reality of biology 101. This fundamental truth remains under relentless attack by the abortion industry and their allies—all for the sake of filling their cash registers while sacrificing the innocent. Recently, I’ve seen that the vacuum of life-affirming ethics is resulting in horrifying ramifications.

A recent article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics—,a major publication,—is just the latest manifestation of this appalling mindset. Two so-called ethicists in a mainstream medical journal are advocating that abortion should be expanded well past birth. They argue, “killing a newborn could be ethically permissible in all the circumstances where abortion would be.”

It’’s the culture of death taken to its logical and tragic end.

In their view, both the unborn child and the newborn baby don’t have the moral status of “actual” persons and are consequently morally irrelevant. As a result, there’s room for “after-birth abortion” to be performed without any regrets. That means even perfectly healthy newborns can be aborted under this standard. Of course aborting a baby, regardless of their health status, is a travesty.

I and other pro-life leaders have long said that killing unborn babies opens the door for infanticide. Now you have proof. The authors write, “The same reasons which justify abortion should also justify the killing of the potential person when it is at the stage of a newborn.”

The authors stretch the boundaries even further by saying the social, psychological and economic costs of the potential parents have priority over the lives of their children. They also suggest that adoption isn’’t always in the best interests of “actual” people.

Here’s perhaps one of the most infuriating and ironic parts of the paper coming from two ethicists (and I use that term loosely): At no point after birth do they say that it’s morally repugnant to kill a newborn baby. This is the type of perverted thinking that comes into play when abortion is desperately and broadly pushed as the norm.

I encourage you to read the article in its entirety. You’ll be shocked by the matter-of-fact way they advocate the killing of children who may be even the slightest inconvenience.

No matter how anyone in the pro-abortion crowd spins it, the point at which life begins is an indisputable fact—it begins at fertilization. This latest instance just goes to prove that the slippery-slope of the culture of death knows no bounds. With the battle waging over protecting all life, our fight for the unborn has become more urgent than ever.

Bradley Mattes
President, Life Issues Institute

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