Ethical to kill newborns, academics say

Melbourne academics have sparked international outrage after claiming that killing newborn babies could be “ethically permissible” in cases where an abortion would have been granted.

They said "after-birth abortions" were ethically the same as conventional abortions, because the moral status of the newborn was comparable with that of a foetus.

"If a disease has not been detected during the pregnancy, if

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