Infanticide was indeed an acceptable practice back in the day amongst quite a few different cultures. A couple of favourite movies of mine portray the practice in different manners. In Fantaghirò [a.k.a. The Cave Of The Golden Rose]. Fantaghirò's father was going to kill her for being born the wrong gender rand because his wife died as a consequence of childbirth. In The Mists of Avalon, Morgause was about to leave Morgaine's child exposed to the elements in order to kill him and try and seize the throne for herself.
Fantaghirò - part 1 [Italian original audio] - Enjoy!!
The Mists of Avalon - part 1 [English audio] :D
The article calls Infanticide "After-Birth Abortion" as if to minimise the blow - pretty much the same thing shops do by marking their goods "£199.99" instead of "£200.00." It does make one ponder what power words truly have. It also makes me wonder who was the idiot who coined the saying "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."
Now THAT'S more like it!
Whereas I did mention in a previous blog my views regarding abortion, I do not consider in any shape or manner Infanticide to be merely Abortion happening in a different geographical location. It is true that in the article, the practice is not being condoned by either the scholar who wrote about it, nor the journalist reporting it. However, the moment someone says something which the Italians would call a "cazzata" i.e. a REALLY stupid thing [to put it nicely], there will be a blooming idiots somewhere who will think it is pure genius and will act on it. Sometimes, a TV show will be made out of it! See Jackass, for example. Or, the reverse side of the same coin, MythBusters.