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Isr Med Assoc J. 2012 Sep;14(9):535-7.

Quo vadis, bioethics.

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Jakobovits Center for Jewish Medical Ethics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel. gshimon@bgu.ac.il

Abstract

The recent paper by Giubilini and Minerva suggesting the ethical permissibility of infanticide of normal newborns, calling it "postbirth abortion," represents a dangerous deterioration of generally accepted ethical norms. Their proposal represents a clear example of the so-called slippery slope and we caution against abandoning the age-old traditions of the medical profession assigning intrinsic value to human life from birth. This article discusses the proposed concept, makes comparisons with earlier similar trends of thought, and highlights the dangers of the proposal.

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