Here at Via Meadia we are exposed to some shocking news, but nothing more shocking than this: A group of Oxford-affiliated “ethics experts” have published an article finding that infanticide is acceptable and no different from abortion, giving the practice the charming name of “after-birth abortions.” We are practically at a loss for words, so we’ll allow the ethicists’ findings to speak for themselves. From the Telegraph:
Rather than being “actual persons”, newborns were “potential persons”. They explained: “Both a fetus and a newborn certainly are human beings and potential persons, but neither is a ‘person’ in the sense of ‘subject of a moral right to life’.“We take ‘person’ to mean an individual who is capable of attributing to her own existence some (at least) basic value such that being deprived of this existence represents a loss to her.”As such they argued it was “not possible to damage a newborn by preventing her from developing the potentiality to become a person in the morally relevant sense”.
First gendercide, and now this? Perhaps the English believe themselves to be leading the way to a more enlightened future. If so, Via Meadia is happy to be based an ocean away, although our interns of British origin may have more trouble.If this idea goes mainstream, Via Meadia will be first on board for a right-to-life amendment to the Constitution.