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The moral status of babies
  1. Andrew McGee
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrew McGee, Faculty of Law, Health Law Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology, C Block, 2 George Street, Brisbane, Qld 4001, Australia; a.mcgee{at}


In their controversial paper ‘After-birth abortion’, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva argue that there is no rational basis for allowing abortion but prohibiting infanticide (‘after-birth abortion’). We ought in all consistency either to allow both or prohibit both. This paper rejects their claim, arguing that much-neglected considerations in philosophical discussions of this issue are capable of explaining why we currently permit abortion in some circumstances, while prohibiting infanticide.

  • Abortion
  • Newborns and Minors
  • Embryos and Fetuses
  • Infanticide
  • Speciesism

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