Monday, March 12, 2012

Saletan on "After-Birth Abortion"

While William Saletan doesn't agree with bioethicists Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva but he recognizes that they raise some challenging questions for pro-choice advocates with their after-birth abortion position.
The challenge posed to Furedi and other pro-choice absolutists by “after-birth abortion” is this: How do they answer the argument, advanced by Giubilini and Minerva, that any maternal interest, such as the burden of raising a gravely defective newborn, trumps the value of that freshly delivered non-person? What value does the newborn have? At what point did it acquire that value? And why should the law step in to protect that value against the judgment of a woman and her doctor?

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