When Alberti Giubilini and Francesca Minerva published a provocative paper
about the ethics of infanticide in the Journal of Medical Ethics
, the hostile response
they received included death threats
. [more inside]
, or sex-selective abortion aided by female ifanticide
, is soberingly common in coutries where a strong cultural and economic preference for male children exists: 100 million women are "missing"
in the Asia-Pacific region, 85% of them in India and China alone. [more inside]
The government of Delhi is claiming success
in reducing female infanticide
by a recent scheme
to pay the school fees of poor girls. [more inside]
100 years ago last July
, young Chester Gillette took his pregnant girlfriend Grace Brown
boating in a lake in the Adironakes. Out on the water he clubbed her unconscious using a tennis racket he had brought along for the purchase, and threw her body overboard, drowning her & his unborn child. 100 years ago next March, he was put to death for the crime
, which went on to become the basis for a great American novel
(some would say three
) & as befits a good tragedy, an opera
It's arguable that the soft lens of history plus the addition of the bias of the book & film adaptations have positioned Gillette in a kinder light than he deserves; his crime itself has never fallen out
, sad to say.
Father kills toddler over gay fears
a man has appeared in US court accused of killing his baby son because of an irrational fear that he would become gay.
Susan Smith needs pen pals.
Remember the woman
who killed her two sons by driving her car into a South Carolina lake while they were strapped into their car seats back in 1994? Well, she's 31 and looking for people who are "not judgemental" and "sincere". She's a Christian who enjoys attending church and loves "rainbows, Mickey Mouse, the beach, the mountains, and waterfalls."
Kill your five children, go to jail.
So, what to do to a mother that decides not to be a mother any more?
Mom who laughed as she threw child off 14th-floor balcony sentenced
... to five years in prison. I'm definitely committing all my murders in Scotland from now on.