In case you haven’t heard of this guy before, I’ll start by pointing out that he is an ethicist philosopher (seriously) at Princeton University. Here are some snippets from the full article at Lifenews (read it all, it isn’t very long):
Singer came under international condemnation when he announced he favors killing disabled babies via infanticide. Though he was blasted from both sides of the political spectrum, the so-called ethicist still holds to the position. . . . Singer said he would definitely kill a disabled newborn baby.
He indicated he would do so “if that was in the best interests of the baby and of the family as a whole.” Singer said he found it surprising that abortion advocates would disagree with his views. “Many people find this shocking, yet they support a woman’s right to have an abortion,” Singer said.
Meanwhile, he claimed he had one point of common beliefs with pro-life advocates. “One point on which I agree with opponents of abortion is that, from the point of view of ethics rather than the law, there is no sharp distinction between the fetus and the newborn baby,” Singer explained.
However, Singer’s view is that, instead of legal protection, both disabled babies and the unborn deserve death. As he wrote in Rethinking Life and Death, “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 that the life of a fetus.”
The above is the faulty “personhood” argument used to justify abortion and, in Singer’s view, infanticide. When influential leaders and politicians gets to decide which human beings are persons and which aren’t, watch your back.
Still, I have to give him credit for taking the pro-choice position to its logical conclusion. If partial birth abortion is acceptable, why not permit infanticide as along as the umbilical cord hasn’t been cut? And what is the big deal about cutting the cord, anyway? Babies are just as dependent 30 days later, or 40, or ???.
Despite the vehemence of some of his opponents, Professor Singer is regarded, in other circles, as an important and highly respected philosopher and bioethicist.
His books are widely read, his articles frequently appear in anthologies, he is very much in demand throughout the world as a speaker, and has lectured at prestigious universities in different countries.
Oh, good. So much for wisdom and discernment.
Singer’s comments and those of other culture-of-death leaders remind me of the advice Dr. Nick Riviera from The Simpsons gave when Homer was on life support: “Just to be on the safe side, we better pull the plug.”
In other news, Peter Singer announced plans to open a chain of day care centers and nursing homes. No waiting lists!