“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you, Jeremiah 1:5.”
From 1973-12008, there have been 53, 310,843 abortions executed in the US since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, 93 S.Ct. 705, 35 L.Ed.2d 147 (1973). The total number of legal abortions today is more than 1.2 million per year (National Right to Life, 2011).
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit unanimously upheld the conviction of Richard James Smith, Sr., under Georgia's "feticide" statute. Smith argued that the law conflicted with Roe v. Wade, but the court rejected this assertion as "without merit." The court held: "The proposition that Smith relies upon in Roe v. Wade -- that an unborn child is not a "person" within the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment -- is simply immaterial in the present context to whether a state can prohibit the destruction of a fetus, Smith v. Newsome, 815 F.2d 1386 (11th Cir. 1987). Related state supreme court decision: Brinkley v. State, 322 S.E.2d 49 (Ga. 1984) (vagueness/due process challenge)” (NRLC, 2007).
The logic behind making it a separate crime to kill a fetus and yet okay to murder millions of fetuses is a rather hard logic to follow. The law was passed in Roe v. Wade allowing for the killing of a fetus (abortion) in 1973. Later President George Bush signed into law the bill called the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004” which made it a crime to cause the death of a fetus (White House, 2004). The conundrum is that they are both laws.
According to Black’s Law Dictionary an abortion is “an artificially induced termination of a pregnancy for the purpose of destroying an embryo or fetus. The word feticide is defined as, 1. The act or an instance of killing a fetus, usually by assaulting and battering the mother; esp., the act of unlawfully causing the death of a fetus. 2. An intentionally induced miscarriage – Also spelled foeticide. – Also termed child destruction” (Garner, 2009).
The abortion is the right of a woman over her own body (Roe v Wade) and feticide is an attack on a soon to be mother,” (White House, 2004). Based on the above, this writer does not understand the public policy rationale for making it a separate crime to kill a fetus.
This writer does not believe that fetal homicide laws can be made compatible with the definition of personhood for the purpose of abortion laws. The act of studying both laws and not getting a headache is impossibility for this writer, (4 Advil at a time kind of headache). The truth of the matter is this. Our country has turned its back on God, His Word, His Commandments, and chosen to do whatever “Hell” tells them to do. They better...