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After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?
  1. Alberto Giubilini1,
  2. Francesca Minerva2
  1. 1Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
  2. 2Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Francesca Minerva, CAPPE, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC 3010, Australia; francesca.minerva{at}


Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus' health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.

  • Abortion
  • infanticide
  • potentiality
  • adoption
  • euthanasia
  • in vitro fertilisation and embryo transfer
  • religious ethics
  • allocation of healthcare resources
  • enhancement

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  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it was published Online First. The first author's affiliations have been corrected.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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