The moral status of babies
McGee (Andrew J.)
Source: Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 39, No. 5 (May 2013), pp. 345-348
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  1. In their controversial paper "Giubilini (Alberto) & Minerva (Francesca) - After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?", Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva argue that there is no rational basis for allowing abortion1 but prohibiting infanticide ('after-birth abortion2'). We ought in all consistency either to allow both or prohibit both.
  2. This paper rejects their claim, arguing that much-neglected considerations in philosophical discussions of this issue are capable of explaining why we currently permit abortion3 in some circumstances, while prohibiting infanticide.

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