I was sent a link to this article this morning, I will warn you it made me feel ill reading it, the content is shocking. The argument made by a few Oxford scientists is that it is okay to kill a newborn. Only they call it after-birth abortion rather than infanticide. Apparently a baby is not yet a person so if it is disabled, or simply an unwanted healthy infant, they justify the right to end the life of the child! Read that last sentence again and really let it soak in.
It is truly frightening that this argument has now entered the public arena, just as people fought for the right for abortion, will those same people now fight for the right for after-birth abortion?? And, we already know that the euthanasia fight is in full gear. Where will this end? Your two year old has a tantrum and you are fed up, so you can simply end their life? Your seven year old won't clean up their room and you are fed up, so you can simply end their life? Your teenager is moody and challenging you and you are fed up, so you can simply end their life. And if you child manages to survive childhood the tables will turn on you, you get ill and need your adult child they take care of you for a bit and get fed up, so they can simply end your life. We heading in the direction of the Brave New World. (a book by Aldous Huxley http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brave_New_World).
Prayer for Respect for all Human Life
Heavenly Father, your cosmic gaze focused on dust and you fashioned in your image and likeness every man and women:
give us, we beg you, a keen eye to recognize that image so that respect for all human life becomes our way of life.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Committee for Pro-Life Activities National Conference of Catholic Bishops