Ethics Professor Says It’s “Quite Reasonable” to Kill Disabled Babies via Obamacare

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Has anyone else noticed that most professors of ethics aren’t exactly…ummm….ethical? At least the ones who get quoted, anyway.

A professor at the highly esteemed Princeton University doesn’t want his Obamacare premiums to increase because of caring for severely disabled babies. Dr. Pete Singer, who teaches ethics (but perhaps needs a little refresher on what the word “ethics” means) argued during a radio interview on Sunday that America should be more accepting of “intentionally ending the lives of severely disabled infants.”

First, a definition:

Ethics:  that branch of philosophy dealingwith values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightnessand wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness ofthe motives and ends of such actions.

In the famous words of Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

Singer, a longtime mouthpiece for eugenicists everywhere, has previously drawn fire for his belief that the right to life is directly related to a person’s intelligence and  ability to feel pleasure and pain, is back in the spotlight.  In 1993, wrote a treatise called “Practical Ethics: Taking Life: Humans.”

Singer argued for the morality of “non-voluntary euthanasia” for human beings not capable of understanding the choice between life and death, including “severely disabled infants, and people who through accident, illness, or old age have permanently lost the capacity to understand the issue involved.”

For Singer, the wrongness of killing a human being is not based on the fact that the individual is alive and human. Instead, Singer argued it is “characteristics like rationality, autonomy, and self-consciousness that make a difference.” (source)

He clearly hasn’t changed his mind. During the interview he argued that it was “quite reasonable” to ration healthcare for disabled infants:

I think if you had a health-care system in which governments were trying to say, “Look, there are some things that don’t provide enough benefits given the costs of those treatments. And if we didn’t do them we would be able to do a lot more good for other people who have better prospects,” then yes.

I think it would be reasonable for governments to say, “This treatment is not going to be provided on the national health service if it’s a country with a national health service. Or in the United States on Medicare or Medicade.”

And I think it will be reasonable for insurance companies also to say, “You know, we won’t insure you for this or we won’t insure you for this unless you are prepared to pay an extra premium, or perhaps they have a fund with lower premiums for people who don’t want to insure against that.”

Because I think most people, when they think about that, would say that’s quite reasonable. You know, I don’t want my health insurance premiums to be higher so that infants who can experience zero quality of life can have expensive treatments. (source)

Is anyone else chilled by the fact that people like Singer are the ones teaching the next generations about ethical behavior?

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  • It has been “quite reasonable” to rip fetuses apart with forceps for as long as doctors have performed dilation and extractions. Since Kansas is calling D&E what it really is, dismemberment, it will probably become and remain illegal in that state. There is nothing quite like calling a spade a spade to mortify the unethical into behaving.

  • Rick E.

    I’m thinking that it’s even MORE reasonable, and practical, that the good professor just kills his ignorant, imbecilic, and evil self.
    Obviously his sense of right and wrong is disabled!

  • M Fr Nch

    I think he is only stating part of the reasoning behind his beliefs. Disabled babies in his view would likely be unable to perform work to the standard necessary, and produce at an adequate level to make it profitable enough for someone to hire them (enslave them) for a job, so it follows he probably thinks they would be a burden on society.
    It is a very thorny question to some people whether we spend resources to care for those who suffer serious mental deficiency, or serious and debilitating physical deformity. Some feel they are doing a service for mankind by being willing to make the “tough” choice to advocate euthanasia.
    The issue of who would have the right to deem another’s life not worth saving or even worth trying to live, is never really answered in any satisfactory way. But we are constantly told about progress, tolerance, sustainability. But for who?
    Some among the overpaid and under worked strata of our society want all of it for themselves and I guess their off spring. Have you ever experienced being around one of their off spring and witnessing the condescension with which they treat everyone? Look you come from a family who screwed others to attain their station in life, you are not special, gifted or really worth any more than anyone.
    And before you say it, no some of them did not make the money by hard work, they had others bend rules, give them insulation from lawsuits and pass laws that helped them along. Then they paid others only what they had to so that the work would be done, or the scam carried out. No one makes a billion dollars legally, no one.
    But back to our issue, if we say that some are not fit to live because of one cause or another, where does it end? You should understand how this works by now, it starts out small just a little tweak here, then another, and then another and pretty soon some asshat is sitting around deciding who lives and who dies.
    We have enough problems with these people already, with the economy, food supply, chemical spraying, wars, lies, theft, murder, child abduction under the color of law, attempts to kill us with faulty medical injections and on and on.
    So now one is out here advocating murder. Are you going to argue about the message or jail the asshole?

  • Patriot369

    Somebody needs to kill this a$$hole.

  • Kevin G.

    All I have to say is, It’s TOO DAMN Bad that this type of thinking wasn’t happening when this ol Puke was a baby!

  • Mike

    Morons like this need to be the ones put to death.
    Hey all you moron liberals and progressives, THOSE OF US WHO READ THE BILL TOLD YOU THIS WAS COMING.

  • mirageseekr

    A small list of some of the people that this “ethics professor” would have killed.

    Spina Bifida :

    John Meloncamp – Singer

    Judy Woodruff – White House correspondent, The Today show, CNN, The Wall street Journal, and currently the executive editor of Bloomberg News Washington bureau.

    Gilbert M Gaul – 2 time Pulitzer prize winner and nominated 4 other times.

    Hank Williams Sr. – Famous singer, song writer. Country music Hall of Fame, Song Writers Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized.

    Cerebral Palsy:

    Chris Fonseca: Comedian and writer, has worked for Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Roseanne Arnold. Has performed The Tonight Show and David Letterman.

    Dr. Janis Burnstrom: Pediatric Neurologist at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University

    Herman Reichenau: 11th century scholar, composer, mathematician and astronomer.

    Stephen Hopkins: Attended the first Congressional Congress in 1774. Signed the Declaration of Independence.

    Thomas Ritter: Attorney and former UCPA board of directors. Helped start United Cerebral Palsy Associations Inc.


    Jonh Nash: mathematician working in differential geometry, game theory and partial differential equations. The Movie “A beautiful Mind” was made about him. Awarded the John von Neumann Theory Prize for his invention of non-cooperative equilibria, now called Nash equilibria. Between 1945 and 1996 he had published a total of 23 scientific studies.

    Syd Barrett: Artist, songwriter, guitarist, most famous for being in the band Pink Floyd.

    James Beck Gordon: Recording Artist, Songwriter and Grammy Award winning Musician.

    Lionel Aldridge: A defensive end on the historic Green Bay Packers teams of the sixties.After retiring, Aldridge worked as sports analyst in Milwaukee

    Peter Green: Guitarist for the band Fleetwood Mac.

    Aspergers Syndrome:

    Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German/American theoretical physicist

    Alexander Graham Bell, 1847-1922, Scottish/Canadian/American inventor of the telephone

    Satoshi Tajiri, creator and designer of Pokemon

    Benjamin Franklin,1706-1790, US polictician/writer

    Vernon L. Smith, Nobel Laureate in Economics

    Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886, US poet

    Bobby Fischer, 1943-2008, World Chess Champion

    Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

    Nikola Tesla, 1856-1943, Serbian/American scientist, engineer, inventor of electric motors

    Famous people that used wheelchairs:

    Professor Stephen Hawking: Internationally renowned Physicist

    F.D. Roosevelt: 32 President of the U.S. and the only president to serve 4 terms.

    Itzhak Perlman – An Israeli-American violinist, conductor, and pedagogue. He is one of the most distinguished violinists of the late 20th century.

    John Charles Hockenberry – (born June 4, 1956) – A well-known, highly-regarded American journalist and author who has won four Emmy Awards and three Peabody Awards. Since starting at a local National Public Radio station in 1980, John has reported from all over the world, anchored programs for network TV and National Public Radio and reports/writes for magazines, newspapers and online media on a variety of topics.

    These are just a few of the people that this “ethics” professor would throw away. I would say to him until he has done anything even close in significance to what these other people have accomplished he can go F-himself.

  • americuh

    Does the ethics guru believe in the death penalty for murderers? They are also a drain on resources.

    • It is ethical (and moral) to kill murders.
      The problem is… in todays justice system, can we even tell whos guilty?
      I say clean up the law, make the legal process straightforward, and yes go back to killing murderers post-haste.

      • americuh

        I agree, but was curious as to Dr. Death’s consistency in his belief of ridding society of those he deems detrimental.

  • Nowhere in the definition of “Ethics” above does it say ethics is inherently “right” or “wrong”. see also: “Ethics is the branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct.”

    He is in fact defending the “wrong conduct”, which still falls under ethics/moral philosophy.

    not justifying anything he is spouting but even Aristotle applied philosophical ethics to the human condition debating both sides, not just the moral side.

  • Maddog

    I think Dr. Pete Singer should have been euthanized, but I also think that even though his mother fucked up doesn’t mean we should make the same mistake. So what if he managed to evade his destiny until now, he should be immediately euthanized, he apparently has no quality of life in “my” opinion.