After-birth abortion supported by 94% of Belgian doctors

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After-birth abortion or infanticide for babies with a disability is supported by more than 9 in 10 Belgian physicians surveyed, a shocking new research paper into abortion attitudes has revealed.

A poll of healthcare professionals in Flanders, Belgium found 93.6% of physicians surveyed “agree that in the event of a serious (non-lethal) neonatal condition, administering drugs with the explicit intention to end neonatal life is acceptable.”

While the term ‘serious (non-lethal) neonatal condition’ is not defined in the paper, similarly unrestrictive wording in the UK Abortion Act has in practice allowed for abortion right up to birth for babies prenatally diagnosed with a disability – including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot.

Medical ‘ethicists’ call for after-birth abortion

In 2012, two medical ‘ethicists’ controversially claimed that doctors should be allowed to end the lives of the disabled, and even unwanted, newborn babies because they are not “actual persons”.

In an article, published by the British Medical Journal, Francesca Minerva and Alberto Guibilini argue that parents should be given the choice to end the lives of their newborn babies shortly after they are born because they are “morally irrelevant” and have “no moral right to life.”

In addition, the ‘ethicists’ argued that infanticide – the purposeful causing of a baby’s death – is no different to abortion since both a foetus and a newborn baby are only “potential persons”.

They suggest infanticide, which they term as after-birth abortion, should even be permissible where a baby is perfectly healthy if the birth is unwanted, inconvenient or too expensive for the parents.

The authors state: “Both a foetus 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.”

They add: “What we call after-birth abortion should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled”.

The response to the article was widespread outrage and even death threats aimed at the articles two authors. However, what was widely condemned, at the time, now appears to have widespread support among healthcare professionals surveyed in Belgium. Continue reading

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