Though I get a lot of work from attorneys, and I greatly appreciate it and I would like more of it, thankyouverymuch, there is one thing that worries me. For prosecutors, I perceive an attitude that the defendants are not just guilty, they are INCREDIBLY guilty. Not all, but the attitude exists. The defenders, on the other hand, tend to run toward the other extreme, and forgive or tolerate some really heinous behaviour. That is illustrated by the comments from this judge, quoted by Mark Steyn.
I think a valid question that needs to be solved by consensus is “When does life begin?”–or, at least, when do “pre-persons” (Thanks, Philip K Dick)(i.e. fetuses) gain the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? In a country with the death penalty with due process, I find it logically inconsistent to argue against abortion. When and where do the rights of the baby (insert synonyms here) trump the rights of the mother. After all, pregnancy is not a risk-free process, and can kill the mother.
On the other hand, I find it really, really annoying when pro-abortion folks say thinks like “you want to FORCE me to give BIRTH!!!) No-oo. I frankly think people who are willing to kill innocents shouldn’t give birth at all, ever, but that’s really not the issue. I feel people who don’t wish to get pregnant should use all possible means (condoms, spermacide, GnRH inhibitors, hormonal therapy, IUD, to forestall pregnancy. Considering how many pregnancies miscarry in the first trimester, I really can’t get too upset about first trimester abortion, (over 50%) nor do I have a problem with preventing implantation of the fertilized ovum.