Ethicists Say 'After-Birth Abortion' Morally Acceptable

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Two Australian bio-ethicists are creating a stir among pro-life and pro-choice advocates with an article arguing for "after-birth abortion."

Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva claim a fetus and newborn are the same; therefore, if a fetus can be aborted, a newborn can also be "terminated."

"Merely being human is not in itself a reason for ascribing someone a right to life," the authors write in an article published in the online edition of the Journal of Medical Ethics.

"Many humans are not considered subjects of a right to life: spare embryos where research on embryo stem cells is permitted, fetuses where abortion is permitted, criminals where capital punishment is legal," they note.

The article has revived the "personhood" debate, with pro-lifers noting the ethicists fail to indicate at what age killing a child would be considered murder.

"The Catholic Church has been making the same logical connections between abortion and infanticide for ... 2,000 years," Catholic Moral Theology writer Charles Camosy said in a post for Oxford University's Practical Ethics.

"This slope has far more room left down which we could slide," Camosy warned.

Liz Klimas, with The Blaze, talked more about the controversial article, on CBN News Channel Morning News, March 5.

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