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April 1, 2013

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“if economical, social or psychological circumstances change such that taking care of the offspring becomes an unbearable burden on someone, then people should be given the chance of not being forced to do something they cannot afford.” An after-birth abortion might be warranted by any “interests of actual people (parents, family, society) to pursue their own well-being”—including “the interests of the mother who might suffer psychological distress from giving her child up for adoption.”

Philosophers Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva. The Journal of Medical Ethics,

Whole article at After-Birth Abortion, Slate magazine.

No, this isn’t an April Fools joke (if only). Sadly, this is where the logic of non-fetal-personhood inevitably leads. Happily, though, even the folks at Salon have seen the horror in this philosophy. Let’s just hope that it’s a good long time (forever) before that horror turns to a hip acceptance of the New Way of Thinking.

As weird as it is to say, I respect these philosophers et. al. for clearly delineating a consistent end game on the pro-Choice philosophy. By not weaseling out of the implications of the “non-autonomous/non-personhood” argument, they have at least provided a consistent base upon which to make arguments. I am in horror at their positions, but they have chosen to be intellectually honest and consistent rather than emotion based and touchy-feely. Reminds me of a great story my friend Matt told about his honest Atheist coworker who went all the way with the philosophy (no absolutes, therefore no morals, therefore…. (!)). As much as I disagree with their position… and I disagree a lot….I respect their consistency. It’s not mushy or cowardly. Horrible, yes, but not mushy.

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