About Michael Bird

9 Things You Should Know About Gosnell and Infanticide

Over at TGC is a great piece by Joe Carter on 9 Things You Should Know About the Gosnell Infanticide Murder Trial, including this news item: The 3801 Lancaster Film Project is an ongoing documentary series about Kermit Gosnell, the Women's Medical Society, and the cover-up by state and local oversight agencies. … [Read more...]

William Saletan – What’s Wrong with After-Birth Abortion

Over at Slate, William Saletan has an article on after-birth abortion. I love the beginning: Just when you thought the religious right couldn’t get any crazier, with its personhood amendments and its attacks on contraception, here comes the academic left with an even crazier idea: after-birth abortion. He goes on to make a good point: But it isn’t pro-lifers who should worry about the Giubilini-Minerva proposal. It’s pro-choicers. The case for “after-birth abortion” draws a logical path from c … [Read more...]

Belgium Set to Extend Euthanasia Laws to Children

Over at ABC news is a good and fairly well balanced piece about the forthcoming vote in Belgium's parliament about extending euthanasia to terminally ill children (see here and it includes a video). It is, as you can imagine, a very sensitive and heated issue. Nobody wants to see children suffer, especially in the later stages of cancer or degenerative illnesses. However, I think legitimate concerns are raised, like whether children possess the cognitive capacities to make end of life decisions, … [Read more...]

Must See Documentary “The Drop Box”

I"m not a particularly emotional man. My wife calls me the world's only living heart donor. But this nearly made me cry.This promo is for a documentary about the work of a Korean pastor to save abandoned children. For me, this is what pro-life means, not the often rancorous and distasteful debates that usually takes place over right to life issues, but actually acting to save those whom many would leave to die.The great argument against infanticide will always be the actions of men … [Read more...]

Belgian Senate Okays Child Euthanasia Laws

Belgium's senate has approved a provision that extends the country's euthanasia laws to children who are terminally ill. See the ABC News story here.Nobody wants to see children suffer in any way, however, I can think of three immediate problems with this type of legislation.First, there is the danger that resources for pediatrics and palliative care will be cut or reduced and, therefore, parents will be pressured into having their sick children euthanized.Second, can children really … [Read more...]

Infanticide as Fourth Trimester Abortion

Here is a rather scary video about how a pro-life advocate pretended to be a pro-choice advocate and managed to get a bunch of college kids to sign a petition supporting "fourth trimester" abortion, i.e. infanticide.Either people don't think when they sign petitions, or else, young people have got some screwed up ethical paradigms going on.  … [Read more...]

Gender Based Abortions are Like Infanticide According to British Doctor

Over at the Daily Telegraph is an article on Gender Abortions: Criminal Charges Not in 'Public Interest' Says CPS. The article is about how doctors who agreed to arrange illegal abortions based on the sex of an unborn baby have been told they will not face criminal charges according to prosecutors. The doctors were secretly filmed during an interview where they agreed to do the abortions even though gender based abortions are illegal in the UK.At the Calthorpe Clinic in Edgbaston, … [Read more...]

Giubilini/Minerva JME article in UK Telegraph

The UK Telegraph has an article by medical correspondent Stephen Adams entitled Killing Babies No Different from Abortion about the (in)famous Giubilini/Minerva JME article. The piece contains mostly Prof. Julian Savulescu's defense of the pair for their article, arguing that they have been subjects of a witch hunt for advocating views which are controversial, but still clearly scholarly. At the end of the piece, thankfully, is a response from Dr. Trevor Stammers, director of medical ethics at … [Read more...]

Welcome to Protecting Infants and its Blog Remember Ashkelon

What does an Australian seminary professor, an Australian ethicist, a British doctor, and four Southern Baptist pastors all have in common? Well, they have banded together to launch an initiative called Protecting Infants (PI). The mission of PI is to advocate against the introduction of infanticide into clinical practices. The mission entails critically engaging philosophical arguments put forward to justify infanticide, drawing attention to incidents where infanticide is occurring, and … [Read more...]