More than 9 in 10 Belgian physicians support infanticide, or what is called "after-birth abortion," for babies born with a non-fatal disability, a new research paper revealed.
Approximately 94% of neonatologists and associated medical professionals surveyed in Flanders, Belgium "agree that in the event of a serious (non-lethal) neonatal condition, administering drugs with the explicit intention to end neonatal life is acceptable."
Although the phrase "serious (non-lethal) neonatal condition" is not specified in the report, similar wording in the U.K. Abortion Act allows for abortion on babies prenatally diagnosed with disabilities such as Down's syndrome, cleft lip, and club foot.
Catherine Robinson, a spokeswoman for Right To Life U.K., said the thought of intentionally taking the life of an unborn or newborn baby has gone from "outlandish academic thought experiment" to "morally acceptable."
"Less than ten years ago, there was a strong condemnation of the idea of ending a baby's life after it had been born, regardless of whether or not it had a disability, when this idea was floated by academics in the British Medical Journal," Robinson said. "It is profoundly disturbing that these healthcare professionals, who should be upholding the right to life and giving every baby the best possible chance at life, are hugely in favor of ‘after-birth abortions' and infanticide of babies with a disability."
In 2012, two medical ethicists from Melbourne, Australia argued that doctors should be allowed to abort disabled and unwanted newborn babies because they are not "actual persons."
"Both a fetus and a newborn certainly are human beings and potential persons, but neither is a person in the sense of subject of a moral right to life," the doctors wrote. "What we call ‘after-birth abortion' should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled."