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Yes, the baby should live: a pro-choice response to Giubilini and Minerva
  1. Bertha Alvarez Manninen
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bertha Alvarez Manninen, School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, Arizona State University, 4701 W Thunderbird Road, Phoenix, AZ 85306, USA; bertha.manninen{at}asu.edu

Abstract

In their paper 'After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?' Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva argue that because there are no significant differences between a fetus and a neonate, in that neither possess sufficiently robust mental traits to qualify as persons, a neonate may be justifiably killed for any reason that also justifies abortion. To further emphasise their view that a newly born infant is more on a par with a fetus rather than a more developed baby, Giubilini and Minerva elect to call this 'after-birth abortion' rather than infanticide. In this paper, I argue that their thesis is incorrect, and that the moral permissibility of abortion does not entail the moral permissibility of 'after-birth' abortion.

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