Canadian ethicist advocates ‘post-birth abortion’ for newborns

A Canadian bioethicist and philosophy professor at Queen’s University is lobbying for acceptance of “postnatal abortion” to justify euthanizing newborns with disabilities.

Udo Schuklenk, a well known supporter of euthanasia, assisted suicide, and abortion, said he believes doctors “can justifiably euthanize certain severely impaired neonates,” and that parents “should be able to freely decide on what would amount to postnatal abortion,” in an article published in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

“Once we have concluded that death is what is in the best interest of the infant, it is unreasonable not to bring about this death as painlessly and as much controlled in terms of timing by the parents as is feasible,” Schuklenk argues.