By Fiona Macraedailymail.co.uk
Doctors should have the right to kill newborn babies because they are disabled, too expensive or simply unwanted by their mothers, an academic with links to Oxford University has claimed.
Francesca Minerva, a philosopher and medical ethicist, argues a young baby is not a real person and so killing it in the first days after birth is little different to aborting it in the womb.
Even a healthy baby could have its life snuffed out if the mother decides she canâ€™t afford to look after it, the article published by the British Medical Journal group states. The journalâ€™s editor has defended the piece, saying the publicationâ€™s role is to present well-reasoned arguments, rather than promote one particular moral view.
But the article has angered other ethicists, peers and campaigners. They have described the call for legalised infanticide as chilling and an â€˜inhumane defence of child destructionâ€™
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