Okay, sometimes it seems like it gets just a little schizophrenic out there! Of course, that is what happens when people legalize something that is wrong and then try to justify it as right. Things like abortion. An unborn child is either deserving of protection or it is not. It is also either a human being with the same rights as the rest of us or (as the pro-abortion people say) it is a blob of tissue totally under the control of woman who is carrying it. However, advances in ultrasound and fetal surgery are blurring the lines, making it harder and harder to deny the unborn their humanity.
Dominic Holt-Reid, 27-years-old, had gotten his girl-friend, Yolanda Burgess, pregnant. It turns out that Dominic already has six children and doesn’t want a seventh. So, he told Ms. Burgess that she needed to get an abortion. When she refused, Dominic pulled out a gun and forced her to go to the abortion clinic with him. Once there, Yolanda handed a note to a clinic employee and she called the police, who promptly came and arrested him.
It turns out that Ohio has a law, which they passed in 1996, which states that a person can be found guilty of murder for causing the unlawful termination of a pregnancy. This law, and ones much like it in some other states, are primarily used for convictions when the mother is in some type of accident, or has been injured and the baby dies as a result. Even more states than that (38) have increased penalties for crimes which are committed against pregnant women. However, this would be the first time a man has been charged for attempting to force an abortion.
Okay, does anyone else find it at all inconsistent that there would have been no stir if this mother would have agreed to the abortion, but the father is being charged with attempted murder for trying to force the same action? Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled he has been arrested! However, I wonder why he is not being charged with attempting to force his girlfriend to have a surgical procedure against her will or force with a deadly weapon. Would it be as big a deal if he was forcing her at gunpoint to have a mole removed?
How can the death of the same child be okay under some circumstances but not under others? And, isn’t it only murder if it is against another human being? Hunters don’t “murder” deer do they?(Well, I guess to PETA they do.) If as Planned Parenthood argues, life has not even begun yet, how can it be “murder?”
Again, I am very glad that there are such things as “fetal homicide laws.” However, how can a state ever say that in the abortion clinic and initiated by the woman carrying the baby, the death of the child is fully sanctioned; however, if the baby is wanted by the mother and is harmed in any way, suddenly it is fully protected by the laws of the state? It is so sad to think that the value of a child’s life is determined by whether or not he or she is wanted by the person who should desire to protect them the most: their mother. (Of course, I fully realize that many women are like Yolanda are coerced and bullied into making the decision to abort. Thank goodness she was strong enough to fight back!)
Perhaps I am naive, but I truly believe that lies can only be piled so high before they come crashing down. There will come a day when we won’t be able to deny the humanity of the unborn child, even from the moment of conception. We will begin to see the irrationality of cases like this and the insanity of qualifying life based on momentary decisions. The problem is: by that point, will we care?