Here, check it out.
Some ethicists have made the argument, essentially, that 'if abortion is permissible, then so is the killing of newborns.' Hilariously, some people have misconstrued this, having completely missed that "if" clause and just wound up believing that a couple of liberal elitist academics want us to kill all of our newborns.
So, they really don't like what they think the ethicists are saying:
Oh, sweet burn!!!Well before they are able to murder any baby’s in my family they better hope they have found a cure for lead poisoning! Because they will be in for a SEVERE case of lead poisoning if they come anywhere near my family.
Really, all these ethicists trying to do is point out potential inconsistencies in our value systems so that we can examine them and make them stronger.
This whole thing makes me afraid to publish on the topic of ethics anymore. I haven't faced any backlash like this myself (though I have had some of my research touted as government mind control.. how fun), but.. man, you've got the capacity to push people's buttons when you talk about ethical issues.
My post is not really about the argument itself, but rather about the hilarious lack of reading comprehension on the part of the commenters. But feel free to discuss both!