“After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?” was a the title of a serious medical paper, published by Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva in the Journal of Medical Ethics, last year on February, 23. A question this title ought to provoke in everyone’s mind — Pro-Lifers and Pro-Choicers alike — is why are they calling it “after-birth abortion,” and not euthanasia? Even Britt Hume seemed a bit confused and disgusted over this, just recently. More…
There’s something certainly not right in Denmark…
I’m all in favor of the ethical treatment of animals, but please, bear with me, because I seem to have missed the point here, somewhere. More…
By Fr Joseph Tham
Recently, I read a book by Gilbert Meilaender, called Should We Live Forever? The Ethical Ambiguities of Aging. The question of aging and immortality does not seem, at first glance, to be a bioethical topic. This little book by the Methodist theologian offers profound insights to the oft-ignored questions underlying many bioethical debates today—from euthanasia and the right to die, to regenerative medicine which attempts to extend life using stem cells and cloning, to enhancement and transhumanism. More…
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- Cardinal Sean O’Malley: Massachusetts threatens to make assisted suicide legal
- Ethics of infanticide: Why should the baby die?
- Amelia’s Story: This is incredibly sad
Note: Whilst preparing this I looked for the article in the Journal of Medical Ethics. The paper on after-birth abortion referred to was by Australians Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva. Mysteriously, their article has ‘disappeared’ from the on-line version of said Journal.
+ Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney
11 Mar 2012
There were 44 million abortions worldwide in 2008 according to last month’s issue of the Lancet.
It is a huge number; big enough to worry the editor, who declared that reducing abortion “is now an urgent priority for all countries”.
But not everyone agrees. Also last month in another medical journal, two Australian academics opened abortion’s last frontier with a discussion of the “ethics” of “after-birth abortion”.
The argument is simple enough. There are persons and “potential persons”, who are in fact “non-persons” and can be killed.
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Suppose you delivered a baby with osteogenesis imperfecta, a rare condition with defect in collagen formation that makes the bones brittle and easy to fracture. In this case, the condition commonly known as brittle bone disease was so severe that at birth alone the infant suffered 50 fractures. The prognosis was very poor, and the baby would probably grow up blind, deaf and unable to communicate and with severely diminished mental functions. What would you recommend the parents to do? More…