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Human rights for babies, not chimps
· May 05, 2015 10:00 AM
From time to time, watching ABC’s Q&A creates within me an overwhelming desire to throw something at my TV.
If the closest thing to hand is a cushion that’s fine, but when it’s my cup of tea, it has unfortunate consequences. As do some of the dangerous things said on Q&A, or as in the case of last night’s program, the dangerous people presented there as having a right to speak into our lives. Australian moral philosopher Peter Singer was a guest on last night’s program. A philosopher is, by definition, a person who seeks wisdom or enlightenment.
Last night, he was pleased to let us know of the current case in the USA seeking to have a pair of chimpanzees be recognised as people by the courts. In Mr Singer’s mind, this could help "narrow the gulf" between humans and animals. In case you were wondering, he added that the chimpanzees would not be required to be witnesses in the court for the hearing.
Unfortunately, this man is presented to the Australian public as an ethicist, and one of our serious thinkers who we should listen to and learn from.
In the wake of the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Peter Singer was asked last night about his thoughts on the death penalty. He said he opposed the death penalty. I do too. But Mr Singer also believes, and promotes, the concept of selective infanticide.
If you are like me, you wonder to yourself, how does one oppose the death penalty and yet approve the right of a person in authority to decide whether a child should live or die?
Well, Mr Singer has decided that a newborn baby should not be considered a person until 30 days after birth. In his words - “Human babies are not born self-aware, or capable of grasping that they exist over time. They are not persons”; therefore, “the life of a newborn is of less value than the life of a pig, a dog, or a chimpanzee”.
And because of this he promotes the belief that any attending physician should have the right to kill disabled babies on the spot. Singer also suggests a post-birth assessment period of a week or perhaps a month (he isn’t sure which), during which parents, in consultation with their physician, may legally kill their disabled offspring if doing so would increase the total happiness of all interested parties.
In short, he believes that we should allow infanticide if it will make room for a healthy, happier child.
Sounds like the death penalty to me. But the crime is not one against society. It is the crime of being born different than what was ordered, or desired.
I oppose the death penalty. For all.
Choose life, that it may be well with you—you and your children. Deuteronomy 30:19
Register to question Peter Singer on Q&A
· June 10, 2010 10:00 AM
ACL supporters will have an opportunity to question pro-abortion ethicist Peter Singer (pictured) at a recording for the ABC’s Q&A program to take place on Monday June 14, 2010.
Dr Singer has been widely criticised by Christian and pro-life communities for his stance on abortion. “The world already has more than six billion people,” he wrote in the
in 2007. “We are heading for more than nine billion by 2050. The more people there are, the greater the pressure on the Earth's environment and the greater the difficulty in giving them all even a minimally decent life. Do we really want every potential person to become an actual person?”
If you feel strongly about abortion and an unborn child’s right to life, please consider registering to be in the audience for Q&A and be prepared to ask Dr Singer some probing questions.
For more information about Q&A and to register to be in the audience, visit
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