Delay Execution, But Not Abortion

A couple of stories caught my eye this week.  One was about those whacky, naked kids over at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), protesting in Seattle against fishing because fish are intelligent, sensitive animals that feel stress and pain when they are hooked or hauled up in nets.

On a more somber note, the fate of convicted murderer, Troy Davis, hung in the balance hoping that somehow, some way, he would be spared a lethal injection in Georgia for the 1989 killing of off-duty policeman, Mark MacPhail.  After twenty-two years of legal maneuvers, including a new trial granted by the U.S. Supreme Court for the first time in fifty years, he was executed on Wednesday night.

On one end you have the loons at PETA concerned about the pain fish feel and on the other you have the worldwide protests outside our embassies in Paris and London as well as here in the States, to spare a man who was lawfully convicted and afforded every appellate procedure allowed under our system of justice.  Like it or not, twenty-two years later, Mr. Davis had a tenacious group of defenders who exhausted every avenue of review on his behalf.

Among Davis’ numerous supporters were the NAACP, and, of course the ACLU.

Should that surprise any of us?  Probably not.  But while they shout at the top of their lungs about why a convicted murderer should be spared, they also vigorously oppose the rights of the millions of innocent unborn babies being aborted by the millions in this civilized country.

For example, in Atlanta where 60% of abortions are of black babies, the NAACP repudiated the Radiance Foundation’s billboard campaign with the message “The 13th Amendment Freed us, Abortion Enslaves Us”  yet openly supports Planned Parenthood and NARAL.

Even more surprising is the about-face taken by the NAACP on a bill in Georgia which would’ve made it a crime to abort a child because of its race or gender.  While the local NAACP initially endorsed the bill, it later had a change of heart.  Looks like when it comes to abortion, politics trumps race every time.

This past summer Planned Parenthood along with the ACLU opposed a state law that required women to wait three days and receive counseling before aborting the baby.

Arkansas’ “Unborn Child Pain Awareness and Prevention Act” which requires doctors to give patients seeking abortions at 20 weeks or older information on fetal pain 24 hours before the procedure was opposed by the ACLU.  It also opposed Wyoming’s law which required doctors to provide mothers with ultrasound information.

Both the ACLU and Planned Parenthood similarly opposed Alabama’s recently enacted “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”  California’s “Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006” was also opposed by the ACLU.

The PETA loons are so concerned about the stress and pain of fish, I’d really like to know what they think about the stress and pain an unborn child feels during an abortion.

The ACLU, while supporting endless motions, petitions, writs and other legal maneuverings, requesting the judicial system to take a moment, sit back and reflect on the fate of this convicted murderer, it supports no such time for introspection when it comes to abortion– it opposes every bill which would require the mother to take a moment, sit back and reflect on the fate of her unborn child.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • Shirl

    The hipocracy of liberals is maddening and it’s a shame that they have been busy for so long, brainwashing people; especially women into believing their warped sense of reasoning or lack there of. Keep speaking out for the defenseless unborn, Leona. I truly support your view and I believe you are winning over more common sense people every day.

  • Ron F

    I am against the death penalty and against abortion. On the other hand, I do not think there is anything inconsistent in a person believing in a right to abortions and being against the death penalty. I think they are wrong but they could believe that an unborn child is not a living being. I think the evidence proves them wrong but they still could believe. The problem with the position is that they are making a value judgment as to a procedure that I am sure they are glad that their mother did not choose in their case.

  • Roger Ward

    Jeffreydan, as a conservative, it bothers me to be in accord with feminists (as they support a woman’s right to choose) rather than to be in line with traditional conservative thought (that abortions are murder)…. but there is no way that removing an entity which cannot survive independently from its host is murder.

    Unlike Joe, who came unprepared, at least you come with examples, although half of them are really weak:
    1) You have it backward: conservatives are much more likely than liberals to try to regulate one’s choice of clothing.
    2) Parents guiding their kids: you’re correct here; liberals are much more intrusive.
    3) Seat belts and helmets are definitely the province of liberals.
    4) Suicide: it would not occur to me to try to prevent someone, including a family member, from killing himself. His life, his call.

    This is all very interesting but it has nothing to do with the main question of the thread: why should there be a delay in executing murderers and no delay in abortions? A worthy question and here are the answers: execute the convicted murderers promptly and continue with abortions (until the Supreme Court says that life begins at conception.) But … I’m still conflicted.

    • Jeffreydan

      Just a recent, local example of lib control: a kid at a high school in my county was forced to go home & change his shirt because it had a biblical message on the subject of homosexuality. Generally though, if you really believe conservatives are more guilty on that subject, your superiority complex picked the wrong person.

      About abortion again: are late-term or partial-birth abortions okay? The entity can survive outside the host in those cases.

  • Roger Ward

    I’m conflicted by the questions of a baby’s right to life and a woman’s right to choose what happens with her own body. Yes, it would be nice for every pregnancy to end in a (wanted) birth …. but a woman should still have the right to control her own body. Then you add in all the sociological implications of an unwanted birth: the need for proper parenting, the long-term expense, the life-long responsbility for another human, etc. There’s also the issue of overpopulation: within the next month, world population is projected to reach seven billion! I’ll probably stay with my past view: a woman should have the right to abort until the fetus is truly viable …. but it’s a thorny question and I’m still conflicted.

    • Joe

      A woman does NOT have “the right to control her own body” in that absolute, categorical way. Nobody does; it’s a strawman. Your right to swing your fist ends at the tip of my nose. Could a woman “control her own body” in the sense of deciding it might be fun to shoot some stranger? If the fetus is a person, abortion is murder. Period.
      As to population, why don’t we start with making every offense a capital one? At least offenders have shown anti-social behavior.

      • Roger Ward

        Who says a woman doesn’t have the right to control her own body? You? Who made you the master of the World … and womens’ bodies? Your response is what I would expect from yet another hysterical right-to-lifer. Next time, bring some ammunition if you wish to defend your position.

        • Jeffreydan

          Actually, Roger, it’s liberals who have cornered the market on saying women (and everyone else for that matter) should have their bodies controlled by others.

          They are the ones who try to regulate a person’s choice of clothing if it shows a message that offends them.
          They are the ones who prevent parents from guiding the physical (and all other) development of their kids, and then force their own warped value system on the kids’ physical welfare.
          They are the ones who force cyclists to wear helmets and drivers to wear seat belts.
          Would you try to prevent a friend or family member from controlling her own body if it were a suicide attempt?

          You talk pretty smugly about others’ ammunition for a person who’s packing blanks.

  • chief98110

    I am against the death penalty. One of the bases for its origin was to deter violent criminal acts. Well, violent criminals don’t usually stop and analyze the repercussions of their acts!
    That being said, it makes me sick when I hear the morons at PETA screaming about the awful things we do to chickens. Yeah, where is your outrage about abortion. Oh, I forget that it’s a woman’s choice, this is, of course, espoused by the living. A dead baby doesn’t have a say in the decision.