Pro-choicer: Newborn isn’t human until “socialization”

Pro-Choice activist Ashley Montague:

“the embryo, fetus and newborn of the human species do not…become functionally human until humanized in the human socialization process.”

Pro-Choice authors Carole Dornblaser and Uta Landy:

“Essentially, he is saying that newborns are primitive creatures who do not become human until they have acquired at least a veneer of civilization.”

Carole Dornblaser and Uta Landy, PhD The Abortion Guide: A Handbook for Women and Men (Rockville Center, New York: Playboy Paperbacks 1982) 27

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Philosopher promotes “post-natal abortion”

Philosopher and ethicsist Joseph Fletcher says:

“It is reasonable to describe infanticide as post-natal abortion … Infanticide is actually a very humane thing when you are dealing with misbegotten infants. We might have to encourage it under certain conditionalities of excess population, especially when you’re dealing with defective children.”

Joseph Fletcher. “Infanticide and the Ethics of Loving Concern” Infanticide and the Value of Life. (Prometheus Books, 1978)

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Those who commit infanticide get lenient sentences

An article in The American Feminist says:

Nearly five infants under the age of 1 are killed in the United States each week, according to a 1997 CNN review of FBI statistic.

The article goes on to say:

“However, if criminal penalties assigned to perpetrators of infanticide are any indication of how society views the crime,the “slippery slope” concern is quite valid. After Louise Woodward was convicted of the murder of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen, Judge Hiller Zobel reduced her sentence to time served on the grounds that “she was ‘a little rough with him,’ under circumstances where another, perhaps wiser, person would have sought to restrain the physical impulse.” Most recently, Marie Noe was given 20 years’ probation for killing eight infants. Would she have been given the same penalty for killing eight adults? Not likely.”

Laura Ciampa “INFANTICIDE: Children as Chattel” The American Feminist Volume 6, Number 4 Winter 1999-2000

Does the ready availability of abortion contribute to a climate where the lives of babies are  not respected as much as the lives of adults?

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