The “Quality of Life” Slouch Toward Infanticide

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I have long argued that our neurotic obsession with eliminating suffering–we should, of course alleviate and mitigate it–leads very quickly to eliminating the sufferer. Many mainstream bioethicists push this meme as part of their attempt to convince society to permit infanticide for the same reasons that we allow late stage abortion. Always, these efforts are couched […]

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Forced C-Sections & Obsession with Birth Control

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I read an interesting column in the Guardian about how many hospitals in Brazil basically force mothers to have C-sections rather than natural birth. From, “Inside the War on Natural Birth,” by Jill Filipovic: …forced or coerced c-sections are not unusual here in Brazil, where some hospitals deliver almost 100% of babies surgically. And as […]

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Peter Singer’s Views Deserve Scorn, Not Awards

It is a disturbing sign of the times that Princeton’s notorious bioethicist Peter Singer has been awarded Australia’s highest civic award “for eminent service to philosophy and bioethics as a leader of public debate and communicator of ideas in the areas of global poverty, animal welfare and the human condition.” This is a disgrace. Would […]

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Treating Infanticide Respectfully Makes it Respectable

Infanticide — for which doctors were hanged at Nuremberg — is becoming an increasingly commonplace issue of debate. Indeed, it seems to me that the notion of killing babies is now precisely where abortion was in the 1960s. And we know what happened then. But back to the point at hand. The Journal of Medical […]

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Child With Missing Cerebellum Shows Power of Human Spirit

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC A child born without a cerebellum is learning to walk. From the story: A three-year-old boy has baffled doctors after he has started learning to walk, despite missing a key part of his brain. Chase Britton was born prematurely and an MRI scan at the […]

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Dutch Pat Themselves on the Back For Infanticide: We Have a Protocol!

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC This is the Dutch in a nutshell: If it is “transparent,” then it is okay. That opens the door to a lot of wickedness. Take infanticide. Dutch doctors kill babies born with terminal and disabling conditions. But rather than being ashamed, some are apparently proud […]

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Rejection of Human Exceptionalism Threatens to Revive Roman Bioethics

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC By rejecting human exceptionalism, modern bioethics threatens to destroy human equality and expose the defenseless to killing and exploitation. Take infanticide, which Peter Singer–among others–asserts should be permitted if the baby does not meet the utilitarian interests of the family. And indeed, in the Netherlands […]

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Dutch Infanticide: Bioethicists Say It Isn’t the Killing That is Wrong, It is Insufficient Reporting of the Killing

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Ah, the Dutch: Having jumped off a vertical moral cliff when it comes to doctors killing patients, they seek to replace virtue with “transparency” through official reporting. The idea is that control over such practices can be maintained if the homicides are done in front […]

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