Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"Objecting to infanticide is what's really wrong".....and other foolish ideas from Julian Savulescu

Julian Savulescu responds to criticism of an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics (Savulescu is the editor) which argued killing newborns (or "after-birth abortion," as they labeled it) should be legal. He believes that what's wrong with the world is not that some "ethicists" think it should be legal to kill newborn babies but that some people would be deeply opposed to killing newborns and think the idea of killing newborn is evil and scary.

Coming from Savulescu this is no surprise. He's a eugenicist who is more known for writing outlandish things like it's "morally required that we employ cloning to produce embryos or fetuses for the sake of providing cells, tissues or even organs for therapy" than for producing anything that resembles a persuasive or thoughtful argument.

Unfortunately, thinking up new ways to argue in favor of killing certain humans gets you a professorship at the University of Oxford.

In the comments sections, a commenter named LiberalDemocratProgressive writes:
Savulescu is correct, our society gets overly hysterical and can't handle intellectual discussion on moral ethics. I long for a society where you could freely and calmly discuss genocide. Like, say, Germany 1933.

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