Those Children Have Names
The argument isn't my primary concern. Articles like "After-birth abortion: why should the baby live" are more treacherous for the outcome of their argument than the argument itself, as silly as it is. Ideas really do have consequences.
When I read academicians pontificate from their ivory towers I think about children with names. Children like Paul and Andrew and Michael and Kristina and Mia. Real children.
And I remember the Apostle Paul’s admonition to the church:
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable. . . (1 Corinthians 12:21–22)
Drafting a Death Warrant
The case made in this particular article of the Journal of Medical Ethics is not merely a scholarly argument considering the rational…