Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Bioethics should be off-limits to the masses

Declaring War on Newborns | The Weekly Standard: The authors and the editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics were themselves shocked at the response [to the suggestion of after-birth abortions]. As their inboxes flooded with hate mail, the authors composed an apology of sorts that non-ethicists will find more revealing even than the original paper.

“We are really sorry that many people, who do not share the background of the intended audience for this article, felt offended, outraged, or even threatened,” they wrote. “The article was supposed to be read by other fellow bioethicists who were already familiar with this topic and our arguments.” It was a thought experiment. After all, among medical ethicists “this debate”​—​about when it’s proper to kill babies​—​“has been going on for 40 years.”

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