After-Birth Abortion: A New Controversy Erupts
After-birth Abortion is self-descriptive and extremely controversial. The proposal is that after a baby is born, the child’s life is terminated. Two Australian academic bioethicists contend in the Journal of Medical Ethics: “We claim that killing a newborn could be ethically permissible in all the circumstances where abortion would be. Such circumstances include cases where the newborn has the potential to have an (at least) acceptable life, but the well-being of the family is at risk,” the article reads.1 Their article argues for the morality and legalization of “After-birth Abortion.” Naturally, the piece has caused a tremendous outrage among the pro-life advocates.
Reportedly, to “quell the firestorm,” Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva, authors of the Journal of Medical Ethics piece titled After-birth Abortion: Why should the baby live? say in an open letter:“The article, was supposed to be read by other fellow bioethicists who were already familiar with this topic and our arguments.”2
After-Birth Abortion: The Ethical Issue
The act of After-birth Abortion can also be known by definition as “infanticide.” According to the American Heritage Dictionary, infanticide is:
After-Birth Abortion: The Moral Issue
If After-birth Abortion has the possibility of becoming legal, who might consider having the procedure? The Guttmacher Institute website5 offers many statistics on those choosing pre-birth abortions rather than adoption. The site gives us a good look at those who may also choose After-birth Abortion. The JME paper says adoption is not necessarily an answer. Giubilini and Minerva write that the mother’s emotional state is involved, “we also need to consider the interests of the mother who might suffer psychological distress from giving her child up for adoption.” Why have they not addressed how a woman may suffer greater distress knowing she terminated her child? There are many cases of post-abortion syndrome.
A summation of the Guttmacher Institute’s statistics seems that the majority of abortions are due to unwanted pregnancies—inconveniences, birth control, etc. rather than extreme medical issues. The argument is ongoing between pro-life and abortion rights camps over when a conceived child becomes a “human” or not. The moment we allow ourselves to play God about who is human and who is not, we are bound for terrible end. We may as well institute a lottery or pick straws.
The Bible tells us that God formed us and knows us in the womb, before we are born.6 In Psalm 139:13-14, David’s prayer says “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you because I am fearfully [reverently] and wonderfully [distinguished] made;” God created and holds all life sacred; it is not ours to terminate. He loves each and every one of us.
If you are considering abortion or After-birth Abortion (should it become legal) due to an undesirable or tragic situation, please consider this: Jesus tells us in Matthew 19:18 to not murder, this includes ending the life of a child. “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it” (Luke 11:28). God will help you and strengthen you; He is always faithful to His word.