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    Re:Moral value of newborn infants
    • David Isaacs, Paediatrician
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      • Henry A Kilham

    Dear Editor,

    Giubilini and Minerva's paper, 'After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?' [1] is a 'thought experiment' expressing old ideas supported by old arguments, [2] with the only innovation being to extend killing of newborns to those who are normal, apart from being unwanted. It is redolent of the almost mathematical approach to human life much favoured by some philosophers, and Giubilini and Miner...

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    After Birth Abortion: Three Years On

    To the editor.

    Three years ago, on February 23rd, 2012, the Journal of Medical Ethics pre-published electronically the paper by Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva, which proposed the new term "after-birth abortion" as a key concept for re-interpreting an old debated issue, i.e. the moral relevance of birth for the right to life of fetuses/newborns. As is well- known to the readers of this Journal, a few days...

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    response to the article : After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?

    In an article entitled "After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?" the authors, Dr. Francesca Minerva and Alberto Giubilini argued that because the abortion is accepted, it should be legal to kill newborns as well. They claim that a newborn and a fetus are morally equivalent and are not *person* in a sense that they are not able to ascribe any value to their existences and are not subjects of a right to life. How is...

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    response to ( After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?)

    A Letter to the editor

    In an article entitled " After -birth abortion: Why should the baby live?" the authors, Dr. Francesca and Alberto Giubilini argued that both fetuses and new born don't have the same moral status and the actual person and concludes that what we call 'after-birth abortion' (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the case where abortion is, including case where the new born is not...

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    Re:Infanticide and termination - an inexorable progression of logic

    Infanticide has been practiced by humans throughout history and cultures. Human mothers are unique among primates in deciding whether to continue investing care in their offspring after birth. The reasons for this are many including the supply of resources, competing demands from siblings or the quality the child. (1)

    Currently abortion takes the place of infanticide for the purposes of resource supply and compe...

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