March 6, 2012
Christians have rejected a claim by two medical ethicists that killing newborn babies is no different than abortion, Christian Today reports. In an article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva argued that "after-birth abortion" should be "permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled," and Christians spoke out against the claims. "It stems from the way that many secular humanists draw a fundamental distinction between a 'human being' and a 'human person' -- they argue that some human beings are not proper people and therefore it is not morally wrong to kill them," said Nick Pollard, co-founder of The Damaris Trust. Christian ethicist Dr. Peter May said childbirth did not mark a change in the intrinsic worth of a child: "The same child now exists in a new environment. Secular humanists may want to embrace infanticide. Jesus, however, taught that the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."