My issue for BCM110 is after-birth abortion that continues to be considered a heated topic of arguments throughout all media platforms. Literary media including newspaper and journal articles written by journalists and academics from such sources as British Medical Journal, Journal of Medical Ethics, Washington Post, and CBN News present the issue as a medical procedure devoid of emotional attachments rather than a moral and social concern.
This approach to this universal and extremely complex subject has provoked severe criticism in some cases (most notably towards Giubilini and Minerva for their article supporting after-birth abortions) for their insensitive and at times blunt opinions. While other academic works have been created to present the issue in a concise, detached manner to merely inform rather than to pass judgment.
The perspectives of academic articles have both supported and dismissed the notion of after-birth abortions. The most controversial of which was an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics that evoked an intense response from audiences by stating that foetuses and newborns “do not have the same moral status as actual persons” and “the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant”. This remark prompted responses including Stuart Cowie, from the LIFE charity retorting “The idea that respectable academics at prestigious universities would argue for the killing of newborn babies seems monstrous,” and also reassurance from the British medical Journal saying “Many people will and have disagreed with these arguments. However, the goal of the Journal of Medical Ethics is not to present the Truth or promote some one moral view. It is to present well-reasoned argument based on widely accepted premises.”
It should be noted that along with scholars and academics who are well educated on the subject, journalists have also written articles on after-birth abortions. Journalists who have no authority in the field and whose job it is to not only inform the general public but also to sell papers reducing the reliability of the opinions and information put forth by the author.