She was naked, terrified, utterly alone, confused, sinking ever deeper into hypothermia. Initial shivering and body movement slowly diminished. She hadn’t eaten or had anything to drink all day; in point of fact she had never eaten since she was born – early that morning. Her cries weakened; the slight rising and falling of her little chest was barely evident. The baby lay on a ledge outcropping at the edge of the forest; her recently severed umbilical cord was clearly visible. The cautious female hyena approached tentatively, her head in constant motion looking for the baby’s protector, but there was no one. Creeping ever closer, the scent aroused the hyena’s hunger. Jaws opened and snapped closed; the weak cries stopped altogether. The hyena mother picked up the tiny body and knew what to do, what all mothers should do: back in the cave her babies had to eat.
In ancient Rome and Greece, infanticide was routinely practiced. Often the murder was by neglect: exposure to the elements or putting babies outside by the doorstep in earthen jars. Starvation, thirst, asphyxiation, cold, heat or predators would kill them, and the parents could absolve themselves from direct responsibility because a god or another person could have come along and saved them. Some were more direct. Burying alive, strangulation, bashing them against a rock or throwing infants into the Tiber, each method had its advocates.
We would prefer to suppose such barbaric practices were abandoned as more enlightened civilizations evolved. Since the most recent past century was the bloodiest in human history, we should be disabused of our smug pretensions by now. Even a cursory examination will show that infanticide is still common, especially in China and India, but it is a curse in every nation, including our own. The most frequent victims due to various sociological pathologies and selection have always been baby girls. Link to a brief history of infanticide.
Outrage and violence, this is all I see,
all is contention, and discord flourishes.
And so the law loses its hold,
and justice never shows itself.
Yes, the wicked man gets the better of the upright,
and so justice is seen to be distorted.
Habakkuk 1: 4 -6
Dr. Peter Singer holds the Ira W. Decamp Chair of Bioethics at Princeton University and is considered by many as one of the premier bioethicists in America. The guiding light of the animal rights movement, he decries “speciesism” as being as woeful a human failing as racism or sexism. His premise is that a mature animal capable of suffering is more deserving of our protection than, say, a human pre born or neonate.
Prominent in his post modern ethic is euthanasia for the suffering or disabled, especially if they are infants. His is a “quality of life” utilitarian ethic, not a “sanctity of life” natural law ethic. Let him speak for himself. “We may not want a child to start on life’s uncertain voyage if the prospects are clouded. When this can be known at a very early stage in the voyage, we may still have a chance to make a fresh start. This means detaching ourselves from the infant who has been born, cutting ourselves free before the ties that have already begun to bind us to our child have become irresistible. Instead of going forward and putting all our effort into making the best of the situation, we can still say no, and start again from the beginning.”
Nor is Dr. Singer alone in his cause. Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist, Sir John Sulston, who also worked on the Human Genome project, implicitly advocated the extermination of the disabled when he said, “I don’t think one ought to bring a clearly disabled child into the world”. Professor Robert Edwards, the IVF pioneer who helped bring to birth the world’s first test-tube baby, said, “Soon it will be a sin for parents to have a child which carries the heavy burden of genetic disease.” Playing God is an adult game as old as humankind and is still in vogue.
Now, we cannot ascribe this position solely to the radical fuming of ivory towered academia; Dr. Singer was the bioethics advisor in the Clinton administration and remains one of the lights (such as it is) to that which informs much of the “progressive” agenda. Here’s another of his pomposities, “Human babies are not born self-aware or capable of grasping their lives over time. They are not persons. Hence their lives would seem to be no more worthy of protection than the life of a fetus.” Couldn’t be much more clear, and in this regard, I am in complete agreement with the last phrase. There is no moral difference between abortion and early infanticide. It is not the journey down the birth canal and into the light that makes a human being a person.
“After ruling our thoughts and our decisions about life and death for nearly two thousand years, the traditional Western ethic has collapsed.” Dr. Peter Singer
More disturbing still is the mainstreaming of the utilitarian ethic concerning human life and the insistence of the progressive that irrespective of our profound moral objections, we all should pay for it. Buried among the 5 gazillion platitudes, the 2012 platform of the Democratic Party Convention included this: The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. That’s “newspeak” for “we want complete access to abortion for any reason at any stage of the pregnancy paid for by the state.” The platform committee included in its members some of the most radical progressives like Barney Frank. **
As a State Senator, Barack Obama opposed a bill protecting infants born alive during a botched abortion. Ramesh Ponnuro’s recent article in National Review Online wrote of it and quoted Obama, “Granting them protection by requiring that a second doctor be present to treat any born-alive infant would ‘burden the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and perform an abortion.’ Legal protection for these infants, in addition to being wrong on principle, would inhibit abortion.” (Emphasis mine.) Apparently, drowning them in a bucket like a kitten (as is common practice among abortionists when something goes wrong and the baby is born alive) was perfectly OK with the good senator. He is the most radically pro abortion president in our history.
No clichés about the slippery slope. We’re well past the crest and rushing down the icy hill. The question is: what are we going to do to mitigate the crash at the bottom?
You’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody
Gotta Serve Somebody (From the album “Slow Train Coming”) Bob Dylan
** The DNC Platform Committee also caused public furor when, unprecedented, they removed any reference to “God”and Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which after a political decision to limit the damage, treated us to the spectacle of God, Israel and Jerusalem being booed from the floor of the DNC. The Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, was forced to gavel over the objections of many convention delegates to add those references back in on a voice vote that clearly fell short of the 2/3’s needed. Pretty entertaining though. (Link to video).