<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Rodger (Daniel), Blackshaw (Bruce P.) & Wilcox (Clinton) - Why arguments against infanticide remain convincing (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PaperSummary_23249.htm">Why arguments against infanticide remain convincing</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/R/Author_Rodger (Daniel).htm">Rodger (Daniel)</a>, <A HREF = "../../Authors/B/Author_Blackshaw (Bruce P.).htm">Blackshaw (Bruce P.)</a> & <A HREF = "../../Authors/W/Author_Wilcox (Clinton).htm">Wilcox (Clinton)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Bioethics. 2018;00:1 5</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=600><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PaperSummary_23249.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_23/PapersToNotes_23249.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Authors Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>In 'Pro-life arguments against infanticide and why they are not convincing' <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P23249_1">Joona Rsnen</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P23249_1"></A> argues that <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P23249_2">Christopher Kaczor</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P23249_2"></A>'s objections to <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P23249_3">Giubilini and Minerva</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P23249_3"></A>'s position on infanticide are not persuasive. </li><li>We argue that Rsnen's criticism is largely misplaced, and that he has not engaged with Kaczor's strongest arguments against infanticide. </li><li>We reply to each of Rsnen's criticisms, drawing on the full range of Kaczor's arguments, as well as adding some of our own. </li></ol></FONT><BR><U>Authors Introduction</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Giubilini and Minerva s well-known article  After-birth abortion: why should the baby live? presents a case for their view that  killing a newborn could be ethically permissible in all the circumstances where abortion would be . They label infanticide as  after-birth abortion to emphasize the moral equivalence between it and abortion, based on their belief that <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_71.htm">fetuses</A><SUP>4</SUP> and infants have similar moral status, lacking the cognitive properties necessary to be regarded as persons with an accompanying right to life. </li><li>An early chapter in Kaczor s most recent edition of his book  The Ethics of Abortion addresses infanticide, and in it he briefly offers four objections to Giubilini and Minerva s arguments. </li><li>Rsnen s paper consists of a detailed examination of each of Kaczor s objections, but Rsnen seems unaware that Kaczor is not mounting a comprehensive attack on Giubilini and Minerva in the few pages of this short critique. Kaczor provides additional support for his objections later in the same chapter, but Rsnen does not address the points raised. Additionally, many of the detailed arguments Kaczor subsequently develops against abortion are equally applicable against infanticide, and so his four objections taken in isolation are not representative of the true strength of his case against infanticide.</li><li>Here we reply to each of Rsnen s objections, drawing on the full range of Kaczor s arguments, as well as adding some of our own. </li></ol></FONT><BR><U>Authors Conclusion</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>Rsnen has criticized four objections Kaczor offers to Giubilini and Minerva s defense of infanticide. We have argued that these objections, taken in isolation, do not comprise a full representation of Kaczor s case against infanticide. Although Kaczor is primarily developing a case against abortion, the majority of his arguments are also applicable to infanticide, and when combined with his four objections, present a powerful case for it being morally impermissible. </li><li>Rsnen concludes by stating  if we want to reject the permissibility of infanticide, we must find better arguments for it . We disagree strongly on several points. We have explained in detail how Kaczor in fact provides excellent arguments for rejecting infanticide, contrary to this claim. </li><li>Additionally, permitting infanticide is a hugely controversial position that is against the status quo. The burden of proof is on proponents such as Rsnen to find better arguments in favor of it. </li></ol></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>Sub-title: "A reply to Rsnen"<BR><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P23249_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P23249_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: <FONT COLOR = "800080">Rsnen, J. (2016). Pro-life arguments against infanticide and why they are not convincing. Bioethics, 30, 656-662. <a name="On-Page_Link_P23249_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P23249_2"><B>Footnote 2</B></A></U>: Kaczor, C. (2015). Ethics of abortion (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge. <a name="On-Page_Link_P23249_3"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P23249_3"><B>Footnote 3</B></A></U>: <a name="2"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_23/Abstract_23252.htm">Giubilini (Alberto) & Minerva (Francesca) - After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?</A>" </FONT> <BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T10:04" pubdate>02/08/2018 10:04:40</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>