Just when you thought abortion advocates couldn’t get any more disgusting than they already are, a report from The College Fix says that the concept of post-birth abortion rights is starting to gain traction on American campuses. Post-birth abortion, more commonly known as infanticide, is just what it sounds like – killing a baby that is viable to live on its own. According to The College Fix website, some extremist students advocate killing kids as old as five-years old, as they do not yet have self-awareness.
While this “trend” is unlikely to catch fire within our lifetimes, it does demonstrate just how far we’ve fallen as a country. With all the talk of how much more advanced civilization is today, the fact that even a small minority of liberals could toy with the idea of legalizing child murder makes me wonder. Of course, these students aren’t the first to advocate such an extreme position.
Consider Princeton professor Peter Singer, who wrote in 1979 that “human babies are not born self-aware, or capable of grasping that they exist over time. They are not persons…the life of a newborn is of less value than the life of a pig, a dog, or a chimpanzee.”
More recently, scientists in the Journal of Medical Ethics proposed that “after-birth abortion should be permissible…We claim that killing a newborn could be ethically permissible in all the circumstances where abortion would be.”
More than 40 years ago, philosopher Michael Tooley made the argument that a human possesses “a serious right to life only if it possesses the concept of a self as a continuing subject of experiences and other mental states, and believes that it is itself such a continuing entity.” Infants, who have no such self-awareness, would not qualify for protection under Tooley’s philosophy.
Losing America to the Extreme Left
This is the sick state of radical liberalism today, but it will eventually be the state of mainstream America if history is anything to judge by. Because that’s what happens. Every time. On a grand timeline, it wasn’t that long ago that legalized abortion would have been considered an idea so abhorrent that you would have been shunned from society for suggesting it. Now, you’re more likely to experience ostracization for opposing it. They call this “social progress.”
We are living in an age where, to undo the supposed misdeeds of our past, we are expected to go overboard to make amends. Thus, woman are not only equal to men, but they are afforded extra rights. So empowered is today’s woman that her inconvenience is given priority over the life of an unborn baby. Most of us have grown up in the shadow of Roe v. Wade, so this bizarre state of affairs seems almost normal. And that’s the greatest victory feminism and liberalism can achieve; once ideas have been pushed to an extreme for long enough, people simply forget that it was ever any other way.
I don’t believe for a second that I’ll live to see “post-birth” abortion become legal in the United States. I only wish I could say the same for future generations.