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November 22, 2007

Not Murder if Committed by a Doctor

Filed under: Abortion,Ethics,Politics,Trials/Lawsuits — acepundit @ 3:53 pm
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Here we have an interesting ruling by a Texas Appeals Court that allows the killing of a fetus to be prosecuted as murder, regardless of the fetus’ stage of development, so long as the killing isn’t the result of an abortion:

Wednesday’s ruling by the Court of Criminal Appeals rejected an appeal by Terence Lawrence, who said his right to due process was violated because he was prosecuted for two murders for killing a woman and her 4- to 6-week-old fetus.

The court ruled unanimously that state laws declaring a fetus an individual with protections do not conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling that protects a woman’s right to an abortion.

Lawrence was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life for the 2004 shooting death of his girlfriend, Antwonyia Smith, and the couple’s unborn child. Lawrence shot Smith after learning she was pregnant with his child, according to court documents.

Surely there is no one out there to sympathize with Terence Lawrence for slaying his girlfriend because she was pregnant with his child. But did he murder his unborn child?

Murder is defined as the premeditated, deliberate killing of another human being. By definition the Texas court applies the human being label to unborn fetuses if it can be considered murder to kill one.

Is abortion not the premeditated, deliberate killing of another human being (as unborn children are human beings according to Texas)? Abortion is premeditated, deliberate, and results in a death; therefore we must conclude for the first time that in some instances murder is permissible.

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August 28, 2007

Senator Craig’s Non-Conservative Bathroom Adventures

He says he’s not gay. I couldn’t care less. The police report is highly uneventful and hardly worth the media fanfare covering the minor charges of “interference with privacy” and “disorderly conduct,” but he pleaded guilty anyway, and now regrets admitting guilt. With good reason too, as the available evidence would probably not have held up in court had Craig fought the charges.

But is he a hypocrite, as many have suggested, for being a conservative Republican while living a liberal social life? Hardly. Gays don’t have to support the legislation pushed by the homosexual lobby. You can be gay and oppose same-sex marriage at the same time. Blacks don’t have to support affirmative action. Women don’t have to support abortion. Christians don’t have to support prayer in schools.

Let’s not be so quick to accuse everyone of being a self-hater because they live a life that supposedly doesn’t fit their voting record. Let’s especially not use this incident to encourage Senator Craig to shed his conservative ideology and come out as the next gay-rights crusader.

July 3, 2007

Democrats Suddenly Care About Perjury and Justice

I’ve tried my best to stay out of the whole Scooter Libby affair. It just didn’t interest me, but I knew that the story would only get bigger when Libby was found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice. As expected, President Bush commuted his 30-month prison sentence and Democrats started flying off the wall as if Bush just coddled a serial killer.

That Democrats are so determined to see Libby in a prison cell for committing perjury and obstruction of justice is quite interesting considering that these same Democrats were the ones who reduced themselves to the mantra: “it was just a blowjob” when beloved President Clinton committed perjury and obstruction of justice.

Libby lied to a grand jury about what he told reporters before Valerie Plame’s name was revealed. Clinton lied to a grand jury about his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinski. No one’s comparing the two cases, but it’s undeniably true that President Clinton committed the same crimes. But he never faced jail time; Republicans just wanted the liar out of office. Libby lost his job and got a prison sentence.

Democrats were outraged over the Clinton impeachment and his subsequent disbarment. Sure, it was perjury and obstruction of justice, but he was just trying to protect his family that he didn’t so much care about when he was being pleasured by a White House intern.

Libby (not the president by a chief of staff to the vice president) didn’t give federal investigators the right names and because of that Democrats want him rotting in prison for two and a half years.

MoveOn.org, one of the most influential liberal political action committees, was established in 1998 to defend President Clinton for committing perjury and obstruction of justice. Today, they’re fuming with rage because someone who isn’t President Clinton was spared for committing perjury and obstruction of justice.

It’s time to cut the rhetoric.

July 2, 2007

Scooter Libby Remains Free

Filed under: Congress,Democrats,Ethics,Politics,Republicans,Trials/Lawsuits — acepundit @ 6:12 pm

But no warm reception from leading Democrats:

“As Independence Day nears, we’re reminded that one of the principles our forefathers fought for was equal justice under the law. This commutation completely tramples on that principle,” Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said through a spokesman.

Presidential pardons are nothing new, but when a president executes that power as infrequently as Bush has, it certainly raises a few eyebrows when that rare gift is afforded not to a member of the downtrodden class but an employee of the vice president.

No Tears for Tammy

Filed under: Abortion,Ethics,Politics — acepundit @ 3:45 pm

Sharon Lerner’s dreary story at Salon.com doesn’t invoke much sympathy from me for a woman who found a three-month window to get an abortion too burdensome.

It’s a struggle for many women, especially the poor ones, to get an abortion in the state of Mississippi where clinics aren’t exactly within a Starbucks reach. But low-income earners can get one for about $300, a modest price tag I believe for women who don’t want their child. The sacrifices some have to make to scrounge up the dough to sacrifice their baby is apparently too great, and often takes longer than the 12-week limit set by Mississippi. As a result some women end up seeing their pregnancy through:

So young women like Angie continue to risk jobs and borrow money in order to make it out of state to get abortions. Others, like a young Mississippi woman named Tammy, forgo the procedure entirely. Tammy first came into the clinic last October, when she was in her 14th week of pregnancy. She hadn’t known the law had changed and had assumed she would be able to get an abortion. Instead she was told she’d have to make a trip to Alabama. A single mother, she would have had to arrange for childcare to go out of state, and she was struggling to raise the money for travel, according to Cheryl McGee, a staff member at Jackson Women’s Health Organization. “She had just started her job and she couldn’t get no time off and she couldn’t get nobody to take her,” explains McGee. “She doesn’t have a car to get there and she didn’t have the money to get a bus.”

Is the Mississippi law cruel for forcing some women to jump over a few hurdles to end their pregnancy? I say no. The deadline to get an abortion is a little different than the deadline to file your taxes. Paperwork is paperwork, but a fetus is a human being (or close to becoming a human being depending on your view) that will soon be viable.

The author admits that it is an accepted fact that fetuses can often live outside the womb at the 26th week (start of the third trimester) of pregnancy and sometimes even earlier. Abortion supporters are vocal about opposing such restrictive deadlines to get one but they don’t want to talk about the grisly reality that abortion is generally acceptable only 14 or so weeks before the baby can survive on its own. For that I applaud Mississippi’s 12-week limit and the positive results:

No one knows for sure what now happens to the women with unwanted pregnancies in Mississippi who have progressed beyond 12 weeks. In the year since the law went into effect, the clinic has performed 458 fewer abortions than the previous year. Many would-have-been patients, like Angie, were referred to a Montgomery clinic, New Woman All Women Health Care, which allows women who have attended informational sessions in Jackson to get abortions without having to repeat the session in Alabama.

The abortion rate here is low, despite the fact that the state has the third-highest teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. The state’s many restrictions clearly help depress the numbers. There were only six abortions for every thousand women of reproductive age in 2000 in Mississippi, compared to 21.3 in the U.S. In the six years following the enactment of the law requiring a 24-hour waiting period after counseling in 1992, the rate dropped from 11.3 per thousand to 9.9, according to a study published in Family Planning Perspectives in 2000.

I hope Tammy buckles down and does what she needs to do to provide for the new life in her life. I have no doubt in my mind that it will be difficult, but she won’t be the first mother to go through hardships of raising a kid. The author describes the birth of Tammy’s child as a “defeat,” but I can’t see it that way. And while I may not know what it’s like to be stuck with a child I never wanted, I certainly know the value of life and the potential greatness that can come from every almost-aborted survivor.

June 28, 2007

George Tiller ‘The Baby Killer’ Charged

Filed under: Abortion,Child Exploitation,Ethics,Politics,Trials/Lawsuits — acepundit @ 4:41 pm

Very good news coming from the office of the Kansas Attorney General, Democrat Paul Morrison, as reported in the Kansas City Star:

TOPEKA | Wichita abortion provider George Tiller broke the law when he performed late-term abortions, Attorney General Paul Morrison said today.

Morrison said he is rejecting all charges filed against Tiller by his predecessor, Phill Kline, but the attorney general today filed 19 misdemeanor charges of his own.

Kansas law forbids abortions after the 22nd week unless the procedure will save a woman’s life or prevent significant injury to a major bodily function. That exception has been read to apply to mental health.

The law also requires that two doctors agree the late-term abortion is medically necessary before the procedure is done, and the state forbids those doctors to have financial or legal ties. However, Morrison alleged today Tiller and the other physician had a financial relationship.

Morrison’s decision to charge Tiller is likely to come as a shock to anti-abortion groups who expected Tiller to be cleared. They predicted that Morrison would decline to charge Tiller, saying the attorney general would shield the abortion provider. A political action committee controlled by Tiller spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in the recent election attacking Kline.

Michelle Malkin was quick to jump on the story. Bill O’Reilly has also been following the abortion provider who may have broken the law by not reporting the rapes of underaged girls.

The reluctance of abortion providers to follow the law and report underaged girls who come for abortions with their adult boyfriends is troubling. When this whole thing is through we can only hope -at the very least – that Tiller will have lost his license to practice.

June 1, 2007

Welcome Back Jack

Filed under: Ethics,Politics — acepundit @ 5:34 am

Jack Kevorkian, aka Dr. Death, walked away from prison today after serving eight of his 25-year sentence for murdering a 52-year-old terminally ill man by administering lethal drugs to the Lou Gehrig’s disease patient who wanted to end his suffering. The event was taped by Kevorkian and broadcast on “60 Minutes” for the world to see – including prosecutors who successfully used it to send Dr. Death to prison.

Kevorkian is one creepy individual whose obsession with the “still life” goes back half a century and was revealed in his artwork and music long before he started his assisted suicide campaign that helped end the lives of more than 100 patients (one reviewer of his jazz album at Amazon.com remarked “The final track ‘Une Lettre de Jean’ is very dark, reminds me of funeral music”).

Throughout his professional career Kevorkian expressed a desire to perform unheard of research such as experimenting on consenting convicts during their executions and transfusing blood from cadavers to live patients. He found little support in the medical community and many conservatives likened his philosophy on pathology to what led to the cruel experiments performed on prisoners by the Nazis during World War II.

Now a free man, Dr. Kevorkian will continue to advocate for the right to end one’s life but will do so without breaking any laws or assisting in any more suicides – probably good for him as his health is reportedly on the decline and he would probably not survive another eight year-stint in the big house.

Both sides of the euthanasia debate have strong feelings on Kevorkian that range from liberating hero to cold-blooded murderer. Some say his intentions were good while others see a dark agenda that stemmed from his early obsession with death. Either way, he provided a service to people, who – at least thought – they couldn’t handle the pain of whatever infliction that plagued them.

Only twice in my life can I say I was ever truly miserable; an anomaly pain accompanied a migraine I once got in college, and while completing a federal law enforcement training program I was exposed to a nasty dose of oleoresin capsicum spray that had me hating life for about eight or nine minutes at the peak of its effectiveness.

Everyone can recall a time or two when they experienced an unbearable level of pain, whether by unfortunate accident, unexplainable medical issue, or pepper spray training. But can you imagine what some terminally ill patients endure on a daily basis to such a degree that they would consider ending their lives? While my position doesn’t reflect my personal opinion on the value of human life or the amount of pain I’d be willing to suffer to enjoy God’s precious gift of life, the government should have no interest in prolonging the life of someone who doesn’t want to live. Specifically to those suffering from pain due to terminal illness, access to fatal amounts of drugs should be available.

Not that I would ever pretend we live in a truly free society, but to not be afforded the aforementioned option makes the idea of a free society an absolute joke.

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