Kermit Gosnell just got three life sentences for killing newborn babies in his abortion clinic because the law does not permit infanticide. Most people, even those who support abortion, recognize that infanticide is morally wrong. But some bioethicists disagree, and they are being increasingly vocal about it, advocating for infanticide in prominent scholarly journals.
Recently, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva wrote an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics titled “After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?” This caused a stir in the press, to say the least. In response to the outcry, the Journal of Medical Ethics has dedicated their May 2013 edition to responses, both pro and con, to the article.
Philosopher and ethicist Michael Tooley added his voice to the mix in an article titled “Philosophy, critical thinking and ‘after-birth abortion: why should the baby live?’” Tooley says we ought to question our basic beliefs, including the belief that infanticide is murder, and hence morally wrong.