A University of Chicago professor has ignited a firestorm by arguing sick and disabled newborn babies be euthanized.
"If you are allowed to abort a fetus that has a severe genetic defect, microcephaly, spina bifida, or so on, then why aren't you able to euthanize that same fetus just after it's born?" biology teacher Jerry Coyne wrote in an explosive column on his "Why Evolution is True" blog.
"I see no substantive difference that would make the former act moral and the latter immoral . . . It makes little sense to keep alive a suffering child who is doomed to die or suffer life in a vegetative or horribly painful state."
Coyne's suggestion has sparked outrage.
"Does Coyne really believe that we should treat humans like dogs and cats?" Dr. Richard Weikart, a professor at California State University and author of "Hitler’s Religion: The Twisted Beliefs That Drove the Third Reich," wrote in a column for Evolution News.
"Ultimately, Coyne doesn't think humans are any different from other animals, and this justifies euthanasia," National Review columnist Jeff Cimmino wrote.
"Unfortunately, Coyne has a platform to teach students at a respectable university. One can only hope that his students see through and reject his misguided, poorly constructed arguments."
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