Infanticide Definitions and Quotes
Infanticide: The active or passive deliberate taking of an infant’s life.
Uniform Determination of Death Act: An individual who has sustained either (1) irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions or (2) irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem. A determination of death must be made in accordance with accepted medical standards.
C. Everett Koop (U.S. Surgeon General, 1981-1989): "Believe in the equality of life rather than the quality of life."
James Watson (Noble laureate for the discovery of DNA, first director of the Human Genome Project): "If a child were not declared alive until three days after birth, then all parents could be allowed the choice only a few are given under the present system. I believe this view is the only rational, compassionate attitude to have." (May 1973, Prism - AMA Socio Economic Journal)
Francis Crick (Noble laureate, who won the Nobel prize with James Watson): "No newborn infant should be declared human until it has passed certain tests regarding its genetic endowment and that if it fails these tests, it forfeits the right to live." (January 1978, Pacific News Service)
Norman Podhoretz (Columnist, New York Post): "The line that....I thought could be drawn at birth is turning out to be no line at all." (April 19, 1988)
Margaret Sanger (Founder of Planned Parenthood): "The most merciful thing a large family can do for one of its infant members is to kill it." (Women and the New Race, Truth Publishing, 1920)
Michael Tooley (Bioethicist): "Since it is virtually certain that an infant at such a stage of its development does not possess the concept of a continuing self, and thus does not possess a serious right to life, there is excellent reason to believe that infanticide is morally permissible in most cases where it is otherwise desirable." (Ethics for Modern Life, St. Martin’s Press, 1987)
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