From Abortion to Assisted Suicide to Infanticide
The slope from abortion to infanticide by way of physician-assisted suicide is a slippery one indeed.
According to a recent survey, an astounding majority of Belgian doctors favor “after-birth abortion” for kids born with a disability. In plain English, that would be called “infanticide.”
When asked whether it is morally permissible to “administer drugs” to the life of a baby born with a “serious (non-lethal) neonatal condition,” 94% of Belgian doctors surveyed said yes.
While the survey didn’t define “non-lethal condition,” it is already permissible in Britain to abort babies with Down Syndrome, cleft lip, or club foot.
To be clear, we are not talking about Nazi doctors or North Korea or Chinese party officials. Belgium is a Western, highly educated, democratic, modern nation which, not coincidentally, has the world’s most liberal assisted suicide laws.
Certain ideas make other ideas thinkable. It is how the unimaginable becomes acceptable. The slope from abortion to infanticide by way of physician-assisted suicide is a slippery one indeed.
This Point was originally published on August 14, 2020.
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