After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?


… A serious philosophical problem arises when the same conditions that would have justified abortion become known after birth

… can also be consistently applied to killing a newborn human

… Euthanasia in infants has been proposed by philosophers for children with severe abnormalities whose lives can be expected to be not worth living

the Groningen Protocol (2002) allows to actively terminate the life of ‘infants with a hopeless prognosis who experience what parents and medical experts deem to be unbearable suffering’

… when circumstances occur after birth such that they would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible

… The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus, that is, neither can be considered a ‘person’ in a morally relevant sense

… all the individuals who are not in the condition of attributing any value to their own existence are not persons

… he level of her mental development, which in turn determines whether or not she is a ‘person’

… fetuses and newborns are not persons, they are potential persons

… the interests of actual people (parents, family, society) to pursue their own well-being

… the same reasons which justify abortion should also justify the killing of the potential person when it is at the stage of a newborn


            With links


          The Groningen Protocol