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Revive discussion of the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, suggests Arkes

March 13, 2012

Hadley Arkes argues that the appearance of an article in a bioethics journal justifying infanticide demonstrates the need to revive the public discussion of the Born-Alive Infants’ Protection Act. When it was originally passed in 2002, Arkes notes, many pro-life lawmakers did not fully understand the need for the legislation. But the bill make proponents of legal abortion very uncomfortable:

The hard fact was that the partisans of abortion could not really explain the grounds on which they could actually support such a bill. For none of the main arguments for abortion would be affected or negated by the fact that an unwanted child had now been born.

Arkes mentions another potentially interesting fact about the Born-Alive Infants’ Protection Act: it was formally introduced by then-Senator Rick Santorum. If Santorum were to become the Republican candidate for the presidency, he would be challenging the only prominent Democrat who opposed the legislation.


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