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Andrew Bolt of Herald Sun – March 05, 2012

I HAVE written about cases so shocking that whatever you think of abortion – for, against or agonised like me – I thought you’d agreed.

Yes, here a boundary was crossed. This, at least, is too much like murder.

There was the 2000 case of the “abortion” of Jessica, a healthy 32-week-old foetus, after her deeply distressed mother threatened suicide if made to give birth.

The mother thought Jessica could be a dwarf, which meant bad luck. But on “delivery” of the girl, killed in the womb, a nurse at Melbourne’s Royal Women’s recorded: “The baby doesn’t look small.”

I thought this would at least prompt restrictions on the abortion of healthy babies so close to birth.

I was wrong.Later, I reported on Jessica Jane, aborted in Darwin after her mother decided she’d prefer her career.

Jessica Jane was expelled from the womb – alive. She was placed in a stainless-steel dish by a horrified midwife and left in a room, where she cried until she died, alone, 80 minutes later.

I thought this might force us to consider how carelessly we said “foetus” when discussing late-term abortions, when we’re actually talking about babies who, outside the womb, can cry – and take an hour to die.

Wrong again.

I was just as wrong to assume that publicising other cases – like the rescue of an aborted baby, still alive, from a bin at Sydney’s Westmead hospital – might make us agree such deaths involve a profound wrong. Yes, a mother has a right to her body, but surely these babies had a right to their lives.

But again no debate. Or so I thought.

Now the Journal of Medical Ethics has published a paper by professional “ethicists” that confronts the very hypocrisy that troubled me – that we permit the killing of children in the womb who we’d rush to protect if outside it.

But here is how Alberto Giubilini of Monash University and Dr Francesca Minerva of Melbourne University say that hypocrisy should be overcome.

“What we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is (permissible), including cases where the newborn is not disabled.”

That’s right. Since we already permit the killing of babies inside the womb, why not outside it, too?

As the authors say: “If criteria such as the costs (social, psychological, economic) for the potential parents are good enough reasons for having an abortion even when the foetus 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.”

A legal reason for killing your baby could be, say, unexpected losses at the pokies, leaving you short of cash for nappies.

That’s how I interpret this bit: “We do not suggest any threshold (beyond which you can’t kill your healthy baby), as it depends on the neurological development of newborns.

“However, …  if economical, social or psychological circumstances change such that taking care of the offspring becomes an unbearable burden on someone, then people should be given the chance of not being forced to do something they cannot afford.”

So, it’s unclear how long you would have to lawfully kill a child who becomes too expensive. Two weeks? Two years?

Indeed, there is no obvious boundary once you’ve rubbed out the absolute line in the sand: thou shalt not kill the baby in the womb.

Yes, this is the slippery slope argument that progressives hate, because it gets in the way when they argue for same sex marriage or euthanasia.

Yet, the defence of the journal’s article by its editor, Julian Savulescu, shows how slippery that slope can be, since he offers the “they’re all doing it anyway” excuse that can licence any mass barbarity.

“The arguments presented, in fact, are largely not new and have been presented repeatedly in the academic literature.”

In fact, what shocks Savulescu is not a proposal to allow the murder of babies, but that people should be angered by it.

“What is disturbing is not the arguments in this paper nor its publication in an ethics journal. It is the hostile, abusive, threatening responses that it has elicited.”

Poor ethicists. How scary if some people feel entitled to threaten you, as if you were just some baby.

After all, even in a world where a baby’s life isn’t sacred, an ethicist’s is.

Isn’t it?

4 Responses to “Baby ‘abortion’ argument is crossing the line’”

  1. 1 Hazel

    Dear Friends,

    I have noticed a Godly anger arising within me (I believe it is)over immoral laws being passed to allow people ‘to do their own thing’ without taking accountabliity for their actions and consequences upon others. But the disgust and grief I feel reading this article from an unsaved Journalist who is often persecuted for speaking out what we the church, who is God’s plumbline (Amos 7: 7,8 ), His Light and Salt to the world, should be speaking! Our mouths are silent with fear of what the world will do to us if we speak! Where are the Godly men/Leaders? Why is the message of the power of God from Acts preached at us in churches while Leaders are not practising it! Where is the God of Elijah?????

    Even Kevin Rudd spoke to a young Apostle in the making, and I say ‘making’ because true Apostles know that it takes God at least 30 years to mature His Apostle! 20-25 years to mature His Prophet! But Kevin Rudd told him that the church needs to rise up and open their mouths, speak truth & not expect the Govt. because this is a Democratic country. There has to be Transformation here in our nation.

    I have heard of abortions and it repels me but to hear that humans at full term can be put aside to cry until it dies in either air conditoned or hot room, appalls me. And the excuses the Mothers & Laws use to allieviate them of accountability for their actions, shocks me!

    I am a trained Midwife and while I loved nursing, bringing babies into the world with mothers was the most rewarding ministry and caring for bubs was a delight. How grateful we are to God for our children’s babies. What if they lost one? Would we grieve for them? I did! Then why are we not feeling grief and compassion for these innocent babies who cannot speak for themselves. Why are we wanting to build orphanages in other countries( which is not wrong and I support that) but what about our accountability to prevent death/murder in our own back yard. We stick our heads in the sand as though we do not see it. We can fool ourselves and others BUT not God! He sees all and His day is coming to the church because Righteousness is His plumbline.

    Saturday I attended a 4 hour prayer for our State Election attended by a dozen people!! I felt the Lord convict me to stand and ask forgiveness from God, my husband, Leaders, for any times of unsubmissiveness and ursurping my husbands role as Leader. I stood in the Gap for other women, indig. and non indigenous and asked God to forgive them also for rebelling against God ordained authority so that we can do what seemed right in our own eyes!

    I asked God to cleanse our rebellion with the Precious Blood of Jesus because there is no forgiveness of sins without the shedding and application of His pure Blood. I took accountability of my sins and sisters sins where necessary as 2Chr. 7:14 says because unless the Blood is applied, as on the doorposts, God cannot see/hear the repentance and the Land cannot be healed.

    Only then did I feel I had a right to pray forgiveness for Govt. Leaders of same gender in this nation who had endorsed new Laws to legalise immorality and abortion/murder of unloved babies. I was not throwing stones because I know that Jesus has forgiven me, a sinner, when I asked Him to and He applied His Blood to cleanse the land of my heart. I realized that we are not fighting flesh & blood (people) who have not received the Grace we have, but spiritual wickedness and one being Jezebel who ruled the home because her husband was weak! This is the spirit who will not have children and my prayers to see her power shaken from the present throne will not be effective until I get my act right with God!

    I am sorry if I have offended you and I ask your forgiveness. However, I know that many agree with me but could be afraid to speak the truth! Reading Andrew Bolt’s article makes me so ashamed that I belong to the church that Jesus died for and empowered with His Holy Spirit and all we seem capable to speak is our spiritual tongues!! Maybe its time I do retire. I don’t know how you will feel reading his article but I do love you.


  2. 2 Elke

    We should not be surprised by the view of the professional ethicists. They only taking their values into all areas of life. They are consistant in the application of their believes. Andrew Bolt may be surprised, and so may be many others, but there IS no line to cross. In the opinion of our Creator each and every person is precious and we have no right to kill any of them. We all know that in this world the value of a person depends on if they are wanted…

    The health of a pregnant woman and that of her unborn child are closely monitored in this country, delicate operations are performed in the womb and we spend millions of dollars on babies born pre-term. I know, because I gave birth to one of my children at 30 weeks gestation. We received the best of care while in the same hospital other babies were being murdered. So, it has never been about when are we human or when do we have value. It has always been about whether we are wanted or not.

    And our society call other cultures primitive who cut up a few babies in the hope to bring fertility to their land… The mass murder of our children in the “civilised world” must be unprecedented…

    “Father, shake your Church from her sleep and forgive us for our apathy, fear, ignorance and lack of love. Fill us with your Spirit so that we may be able to know your heart; that we will be equipped to fulfil the specific task you have for each one of us, your children, to protect and care for the vulnerable; the most vulnerable being our babies, born and yet-to-be-born”

  3. 3 Rob

    I read article and i 100% agree. Keep up good work.


  4. 4 Helio

    As a member of the body of Christ I agree entirely with the article and posts that abortion is perverse and must be condemned.

    However, I don’t think that the Church today is entirely pro-life when it comes to childbearing when there are so many couples who choose to prevent life. They do it through the use of contraceptives and finish off with male and female sterilisation such as vasectomies and tubal ligations. As a matter of fact some contraceptives can be abortifacients as they prevent fertilised eggs from implanting in the womb.

    Now the question we raise is this: If God has created all things perfectly why do we Christians (believers) live in certain ways that contradict our faith? In the beginning God created man and woman and commanded them to be fruitful. Conception and birth are a blessing. Not being able to conceive and bear children is a curse (Hosea 9:11). However, nowadays, many Christian men and women pursue the way of the curse as if it were a blessing.

    Abortion and contraceptives share one common goal expressed in the statement: we don’t want babies. This is not in line with God’s will who wants us to bear fruit. God is interested in fruits. In Malachi 2:15 is written “But did He not make them one, having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.” Jesus cursed the fig tree because it didn’t have any fruits. What a beautiful thing it is for the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ to be a church that bears fruits. God is all about family (Ephesians 3:14). It doesn’t make sense to hinder life in our natural families and at the same time pray for God to send souls (spiritual babies) to the church. This rings like hypocrisy.

    We are called believers – so let’s have faith that God can provide for us regardless of the number of children we have. If we can be faithful in the little (in our families) God will bless us with multitudes of souls coming into His kingdom – His big family.

    God bless you

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