After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?
Giubilini (Alberto) & Minerva (Francesca)
Source: Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 39, No. 5 (May 2013), pp. 261-263
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Author’s Abstract

  1. Abortion1 is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus2' health.
  2. By showing that
    1. both fetuses3 and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons,
    2. the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and
    3. adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people,
    the authors argue that what we call 'after-birth abortion4' (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion5 is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.

Comment:

See "Giubilini (Alberto) & Minerva (Francesca) - Clarifications on the moral status of newborns and the normative implications" for clarifications.

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