Scholarly Discussion of Infanticide?
Article first published online: 9 JUL 2012
© 2012 by The Hastings Center
Hastings Center Report
Volume 42, Issue 4, page inside back cover, July-August 2012
How to Cite
Garasic, M. D. (2012), Scholarly Discussion of Infanticide?. Hastings Center Report, 42: inside back cover. doi: 10.1002/hast.62
- Issue published online: 9 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 9 JUL 2012
I feel the urge to express my solidarity with Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva, the authors of the much-discussed article “After-Birth Abortion: Why Should the Baby Live?” that appeared in the Journal of Medical Ethics in February. Both their argument and, more sadly, they themselves suffered a violent attack by people who obviously do not consider freedom of expression an important value. Censorship does not fit well with the mission of scholarship—particularly when the scholarship depends on a method of speculation and hypothetical argument, as in the case of philosophy and bioethics—and the level of hatred and extremism expressed about the article seem out of proportion. Having said this, though, I want to consider why publishing the article was nonetheless inappropriate.