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Peter Singer–Should doctors treat premature babies? May 25, 2007

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Culture/Society, Family.
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In this article, infamous “ethicist” Peter Singer asks a haunting question concerning the treatment of early term babies, “In these circumstances, what should doctors—and society—do? Should they treat all children as best they can?” You can sense his answer from the question.

His response, “A policy of not treating babies born earlier than twenty-four weeks would save the considerable expense of medical treatment that is likely to prove futile, as well as the need to support severely disabled children who do survive.”

In conclusion, he says, “Parents may reasonably decide that they don’t want to take that risk or put the public to the considerable expense of doing everything possible to ensure the survival of their tiny newborns.”

This continues Singer’s longstanding disdain for both beginning and end-of-life challenges. His answers often rest in what makes most financial sense or saves emotional strain on family and society. With no grounding in a biblical worldview, Singer’s life ethic lacks any significant conviction that human life carries any intrinsic dignity. Christians now, more than ever, need to raise their voices to defend the dignity of every human life from the “ethics” of men like Singer.

Peter Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. His books include Should the Baby Live? (coauthored with Helga Kuhse) and Rethinking Life and Death.

Read the article here.

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