Well, yesterday’s entry sparked quite the debate. Abortion was just one topic covered in the entry, but it consumed the entire comments page. I’d like to summarize my points from the comments in case you missed it.
First of all, let’s get my opinion out there, without any beating around the bush. I believe abortion is wrong 100% of the time. I believe that life begins at conception, and science backs me up. Where we disagree is that it’s ok to kill it if it’s not viable (able to live outside of the mother). The age of viability becomes earlier and earlier with every advance in science. And you say “But Incredipete, if the baby can’t survive outside of the mother without medical support, than it isn’t viable.” To that, I would respond that if you have a two year old, and you stop going to the store and buying food for them, they are going to starve to death. They are not “viable” if your definition of “viable” involves “being able to survive on their own.”
I believe that the death penalty is perfectly justified, and it’s not at odds with my pro-life convictions.
A person who is convicted of taking someone’s life deserves to be executed. With regard to crime, I’m pro-victim. We get so concerned that we don’t trample the rights of the criminal, that we lose sight of the victim and the victim’s friends and family. It would be nice if we could go out and personally kill the person that killed our loved one. However, it probably wouldn’t be good to have people dishing out vigilante justice. That’s why we have a judicial system that protects people that haven’t yet had their day in court. Sometimes the courts protect the criminal instead of the victim. That’s not the point of courts.
The man that drove drunk for the 17th time, on a suspended license, broadsided my fiance’ and killed our unborn baby (And yes, at 8 months, she was definitely “viable”)… Was she a baby only because we wanted her? Or was she a baby because she was a baby? He killed a baby and ruined several people’s lives. Unfortunately, it’s not considered even manslaughter if you kill someone’s unborn baby. The man walked away after serving 60 days. That’s not justice.
George Bush tried to push through legislation called the “unborn victims of violence” act, which would have given the state the ability to prosecute that man for manslaughter, but the liberals in congress shot it down, because they feared it would be the beginning of the end for abortion.
20 years and then parole is not a fair punishment for someone that ended another’s life. The victim had their life taken, and the only fair retribution is to take their life. (And no, I’m not going to start quoting the Koran)
Saying “I would never have an abortion, but I think it’s a woman’s choice” is a cop out. That’s saying “I know it’s wrong, but I don’t want to step on any toes.” If it’s wrong, it’s wrong. The reason women agonize over the decision to abort is that deep down, they know they shouldn’t do it. If it was like having your gall bladder taken out, no one would agonize over the decision. You wouldn’t wake up in a cold sweat, crying on the anniversary of the procedure each year. They don’t have support groups for people that have had their gall bladder removed. Some may not see abortion as murder, but they know they shouldn’t do it. It’s called “conscience” and almost all of us got one.
And some people didn’t. Those are the people we execute. I hope.