Two stories recently in the news have exposed the absolute moral bankruptcy of pro-choice thinking. Both of them illustrate the fact that pro-choice logic leads not just to the devaluing of unborn human life but to that of newborn human life as well.
The first story is the recent appearance of an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics titled “After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?” It is hard to believe, but these two ethicists actually make the case for infanticide. They argue that it is moral to kill newborn babies for the same reasons that a mother might abort an unborn baby. Because there is no moral difference between a newborn and a fetus, they should not be treated differently. Ironically, pro-life people would agree with that last sentence. It’s just that pro-lifers believe that the life of both newborn and fetus should be protected in law. These two ethicists argue that both newborn and fetus are subject to having their lives taken. Here’s a bit from their chilling conclusion:
If criteria such as the costs (social, psychological, economic) for the potential parents are good enough reasons for having an abortion even when the fetus is healthy, if the moral status of the newborn is the same as that of the infant and if neither has any moral value by virtue of being a potential person, then the same reasons which justify abortion should also justify the killing of the potential person when it is at the stage of a newborn (p. 3).
The second story concerns a woman who has sued a medical facility for administering a prenatal test that failed to detect Down Syndrome in her baby. You’ll have to read this one to believe it:
Ariel and Deborah Levy are arguing in a Portland, Ore., courtroom that their 4-year-old daughter Kalanit should never have been born.
A jury just awarded the Levys $2.9 million for the “wrongful birth” of Kalanit, who has Down syndrome. According to a story in the Oregonian, the Levys, concerned about the risk of Down due to the mother’s age, sought prenatal testing. They maintain that the lab and doctors at Legacy Health Care’s Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in North Portland botched the test.
They say they would have terminated the pregnancy had they known what a properly conducted test could have told them — their fetus would be born with Down’s. Now, they want $3 million to pay for the lifetime costs of care for their child.
This couple actually went into a courtroom and confessed in public their desire to have killed their child when they had the chance. Of course this begs the question: “Why was it moral to kill your child in the womb but not out of the womb?” Are they saying that their Down Syndrome child’s life has no value? Of course they are, and therein is the moral bankruptcy of pro-choice logic.