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Are Abortion and Infanticide Morally and Ethically Equivalent?

Are Abortion and Infanticide Morally and Ethically Equivalent?

Philosophers Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva’s recent article in the BMJ’s Journal of Medical Ethics has been widely reported around the world, eliciting outraged responses. The authors asked, “Why, when the mother or parents find a newborn baby a burden, should that baby live, when an unborn baby can be aborted in similar circumstances?” In other words, is there a relevant moral or ethical difference between abortion and infanticide?

Margaret Somerville addresses the tricky abortion vs. infanticide debate in this article.


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