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DEFINING. DEVIANCY. Do,l. How We’ve Become Accustomed to Alarming Levels. Of Crime and Destructive Behavior. BY DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN. Pat Moynihan, the great politician-intellectual, warned about the dangers of ” defining deviancy down,” in which worse and worse behavior. NEW YORK CITY — The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan caught the decline of the culture two decades ago, observing that we’re “defining.

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He is the doctor who ran an abortion clinic in West Philadelphia. Clinic is a misnomer. The place definimg the stuff of which nightmares are made.

Defining deviancy down essay

In addition to horrifically unsanitary conditions, he is charged with the death of at least one patient and murdering seven babies born alive after botched abortions. He ran what a grand deviancyy described as a baby charnel house.

It is tempting to dismiss Gosnell as an aberration, a sociopath lacking in empathy and conscience. But that is too facile an explanation. Much more is involved than the acts of a possibly deranged individual. Why did the media ignore the story? The second category is the one relevant to the Gosnell case. He calls this mode of redefinition opportunistic. The true object is to do well, a long-established motivation among mortals.

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But it never devviancy much further than that.

A society that loses its sense of outrage is doomed to extinction. Desensitization is well under way.

First Measured Century: Interview: Daniel Patrick Moynihan

It is what enabled a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman to say, deflning asked whether an abortionist should be required to save the life of a child born alive: In the early 19th century, the commonly held opinion among the majority of the white population in America and elsewhere, that blacks were an inferior race, made slavery acceptable. Why Should the Baby Live?

Therefore, we claim that killing a newborn could be ethically permissible in all defkning circumstances where abortion would be. Such circumstances include cases where the newborn has the potential to have an at least acceptable life, but the well being of the family is at risk.

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