Quo vadis, bioethics

Shimon M. Glick, Alan B. Jotkowitz

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The recent paper by Giubilini and Minerva suggesting the ethical permissibility of infanticide of normal newborns, calling it "postbirth abortion," represents a dangerous deterioration of generally accepted ethical norms. Their proposal represents a clear example of the so-called slippery slope and we caution against abandoning the age-old traditions of the medical profession assigning intrinsic value to human life from birth. This article discusses the proposed concept, makes comparisons with earlier similar trends of thought, and highlights the dangers of the proposal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-537
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2012


  • Abortion
  • Euthanasia
  • Interests of woman/fetus/father
  • Moral and religious aspects
  • Newborns and minors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (all)


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