Life Begins When Parents Decide it Does
Earlier MSNBC’s Melissa Harris -Perry wore tampons as earings. She is now in the news again. This time she says life does not begin until the parents decide it does.
“When does life begin? I submit the answer depends an awful lot on the feeling of the parents. A powerful feeling–but not science,” Harris-Perry said on her July 21 MSNBC show.
The scary part of this is, she is not alone:
Medical ethicist Leon Kass has also warned of the drive to devalue human life. Ubiquitous abortion, Kass says, so devalues human life that it “means we no longer see a child as a gift but as a product of our will to be had by choice only.” That concept, Kass laments, “makes human choice the basis of all value”
Princeton’s Peter Singer:
born babies are not “self-aware, or capable of grasping that they exist,” so there is no reason babies cannot be killed even after birth.
Planned Parenthood has even defended infanticide:
Planned Parenthood lobbyist Alisa LaPolt Snow was asked point blank: “If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?” She replied: “We believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician.”
[W]hen circumstances occur after birthsuch that they would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible. … [W]e propose to call this practice ‘after-birth abortion’, rather than ‘infanticide,’ to emphasize that the moral status of the individual killed is comparable with that of a fetus … rather than to that of a child. Therefore, 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.
Students at George Mason University signing a position to legalize post birth abortions: