Britain’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology [sic] has a modest proposal for dealing with the sickest infants:
If life-shortening and deliberate interventions to kill infants were available, they might have an impact on obstetric decision-making, even preventing some late abortions, as some parents would be more confident about continuing a pregnancy and taking a risk on outcome.
Yes, by all means, let’s prevent some abortions in favor of indisputable infanticide.
We would like the working party to think more radically about non-resuscitation, withdrawal of treatment decisions, the best interests test and active euthanasia as they are ways of widening the management options available to the sickest of newborns.
While they’re at it, the working party should think about what to use the bodies, or should I say carcasses, for. Those not plump enough to provide nourishment to the nobility can always be used as fertilizer.
On the other hand, medical “ethicists” usually weigh in at around 200 pounds with sufficient fat to assure a juicy, tender carcass. Let’s forget killing babies and roast a few of them.