Sliding Down the Slippery Slope at Warp Speed
Giubilini and Minerva aren't satirists? They really are "ethicists" -- and they're freaking serious? O ... M ... G.
Indeed, they are, pun intended, dead serious, as is JME's editor Julian Savulescu. In a blog post five days later, jaded Julian not only defended the publication of the indefensible work, he virtually agreed with its authors' immoral proposal:
The arguments presented, in fact, are largely not new and have been presented repeatedly in the academic literature and public fora by the most eminent philosophers and bioethicists in the world, including Peter Singer, Michael Tooley and John Harris in defense of infanticide, which the authors call after-birth abortion.
... 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. The authors provocatively argue that there is no moral difference between a fetus and a newborn. Their capacities are relevantly similar. If abortion is permissible, infanticide should be permissible.
Savulescu also bitterly attacked those who dared to express their outrage over the decision to publish the Australian pair's conclusions in a "scholarly" journal. Oh sure, he cited death threats and racist comments, which everyone agrees are out of bounds and should be legally pursued when warranted. But it's clear from his posting of the following comments he identified as "abusive threatening correspondence" in his introduction that the thin-skinned Savalescu despises being on the receiving end of any form of disagreement from the rest of us inferior beings:
“These people are evil. Pure evil. That they feel safe in putting their twisted thoughts into words reveals how far we have fallen as a society.”
“I don‘t believe I’ve ever heard anything as vile as what these 'people' are advocating. Truly, truly scary.”
“The fact that the Journal of Medical Ethics published this outrageous and immoral piece of work is even scarier.”
What Savulescu calls examples of abuse and threats, the rest of us would characterize as "strongly worded opinions." There is little doubt that if they could, "ethicists" like Savalescu and many of his odious American counterparts would silence any and all dissent from their "ethical" discussions. Really, can gulags for objectors who won't shut up be that far behind?
Abortion proponents in the late 1960s and early 1970s ridiculed those who warned against the "slippery slope" consequences of allowing abortion on demand. "It won't lead anyone to seriously consider euthanasia and infanticide," they said. Well, yes it did.
We're even taking the first steps towards realizing Swift's sardonically imagined world where its people consume its children -- not in preparing what we eat (yet), but indeed in what we drink, again accompanied by astonishing arrogance:
In a decision delivered February 28, the Security and Exchange Commission ruled that PepsiCo’s use of aborted fetal remains in their research and development agreement with Senomyx to produce flavor enhancers falls under “ordinary business operations.”
... PepsiCo also requested ... (that a related shareholders') resolution be excluded because it “probed too deeply into matters of a complex nature upon which shareholders cannot make an informed judgment.”
Can anyone reasonably doubt presidential candidate Rick Santorum's deep concern that if we continue down our current path -- one which, if Obamacare is ever implemented, will lead inexorably to a point where "every man, woman and child in America ... (will be) dependent upon the federal government for your life and your health" -- we will "leave a very cold dangerous, frightening America to our children"?