Even though late-term abortion procedures are usually legal in the United States, the infanticide of newborn babies is currently illegal in the United States. There are a few Americans who defend the infanticide of newborn babies by considering such acts as an “after-birth abortion” or “fourth trimester abortion”, but the infanticide of a newborn baby involves the killing of an newborn baby by an act or omission after birth whereas an abortion involves the killing of an unborn baby prior to or during the termination of pregnancy. The United States Supreme Court did rule in the Roe v. Wade case that unborn children were not considered to be persons under the 14th Amendment and that the right to life of unborn children are not protected under the 14th Amendment, but newborn babies are currently considered to be persons under the 14th Amendment and do have a constitutionally guaranteed right to life. The killing of an unborn child in the third trimester of pregnancy prior to birth is usually legal, but the killing of a newborn baby after birth is clearly illegal.
There are women who are willing to kill their newborn baby after birth because they do not want to take care of their newborn baby. These killings do arise from a mentality that is similar to that of women who choose to abort their unwanted unborn child prior to birth out of convenience. Even though it might be understandable that the mother of a child who was born after an unwanted pregnancy might be in a desperate situation, the killing of a newborn baby after birth can never be morally justified, nor should it ever be legally justifiable. Unlike legal abortions, the killing of a newborn baby after birth is considered to be murder in the eyes of the law. Megan Huntsman was recently charged with killing 6 of her unwanted babies after birth, Amanda Hein was recently sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing her newborn son after birth, and Kermit Gosnell and other employees of his former abortion clinic were convicted of the murders of newborn babies last year.
The infanticide of newborn babies should remain illegal without exception in the United States, and the United States Supreme Court should continue to uphold that newborn babies are persons who have a constitutionally guaranteed right to life. While there are some pro-abortion Americans who support the legalized infanticide of newborn babies, the majority of Americans are strongly opposed to the legalization of infanticide of newborn babies. Even though the right to life has already been stripped away from unborn babies as a result of the Roe v. Wade case, newborn babies do have a constitutionally guaranteed right to life that should never be taken away. The right of states to prohibit the infanticide of newborn babies and the right of unborn babies to life should be legally protected in every circumstance and should never be taken away by the courts.