Prolifers warned the Roe v Wade decision, legalizing abortion through all nine months, would lead to infanticide.
Euthanasia for seriously ill newborns has been legal in the Netherlands under the Groningen Protocol, which is currently in discussion to be expanded to kill infants for unrelievable “suffering” (not pain) in the FUTURE!
Lest you think the U.S. is not going down that path, a recent article in the online American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology promotes an ‘ethical framework’ justifying destruction of the disabled unborn. The authors (a Cornell maternal-fetal specialist and a Baylor ethics prof) assert that doctors and parents facing such cases have a ‘benificence-based’ obligation to prevent risk of live birth.
WHOA,whatever happened to judging right from wrong? Benificence (i.e. acting for the ‘greater’ good), autonomy, distributive justice and nonmaleficence (not-doing-harm) are the cornerstone values –not any right to life- that are weighed when practicing utilitarian health care.
The authors advocate
… to prevent risk of live birth by killing the child in the womb before expulsion…the pregnant woman [must]accept feticide as a condition for performing termination of her previable pregnancy.”
Well, that attitude sure conflicts with the federal Born Alive law (and its Kansas version) requiring medical care be given babies who escape abortion.
The authors promise their utilitarian-based ethics will protect doctors
“…paralyzed by divisive debates about a fetal right to life that have been going on for decades, indeed centuries, without any basis for resolution.”
Thank God, our doctors are not all utilitarians– yet. And these authors claim that
“…providing information about fetal development or showing images of fetal development to prevent remorse or regret [is an] ethically impermissible distortion of the physician’s professional role in the informed consent process.”
I wonder how many medical students these fellows are indoctrinating with this twisted notion of the patient informational duty?
Thank goodness the Kansas legislature had the old-fashioned understanding of full patient information–resulting in new fetal development info online and sonogram access inside abortion clinics.