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Thursday, September 04, 2003

Pro-Life and Pro-Death

This morning's execution of a pro-life murderer (how's that for an oxymoron?) leaves me all over the place:
  • he had carried out the killings "to prevent innocent babies being killed". In what way does killing a doctor and his driver stop abortions from being carried out? Wouldn't the abortions just be carried out by someone else?
  • How many women with unwanted pregnancies are going to change their minds and decide to bring their babies into the world because there's terrorism on their local streets?
  • How many pro-lifers want women with unwanted pregnancies to decide to have their child for the sole reason that there was someone out there murdering doctors (i.e. through fear rather than love)?
OK, so he was clearly a deranged twat. Locking him up to protect us from his warped actions is good - both for him and for us. But then the authorities go and ruin it all by demonstrating that it's wrong to kill people in cold blood - by killing him in cold blood.

What's worse is that he welcomed his own death sentence. He "was looking forward to dying for his cause". So, rather than subject him to a life of incarceration, during which time he might learn to rue his actions or be cured of his sickness, they let him off the hook and make him a martyr.

Far be it from me to suggest that Jeb Bush decided to further the extreme pro-life cause in this way to please his fundamentalist sponsors.

posted by Plig | 12:10 |

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