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The story at http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news%2Flocal&id=7906881 is horrifying, but it illustrates the inconsistency of U. S. law on abortion. Dr. Gosnell’s alleged actions were no different in any morally relevant way from doctors who legally perform late-term abortions on viable fetuses. Such late term abortions are legal for “health” reasons, which include both physical and mental health considerations. De facto, any woman can find a doctor to sign off that she cannot mentally deal with bearing a child, and abortion is legal up to the ninth month. Thus have court rulings since Roe v. Wade limited the power of the states to regulate abortion.

Why does the law permit a late term fetus to be killed inside the mother’s womb, but when the fetus is outside the mother’s womb the doctor is charged with murder? Does being inside the mother’s body somehow entail a different ontological status for the fetus than the baby outside the womb? Or is it more likely that a “fetus” is a living human person and that whether inside or outside the womb, killing that person is murder. The sheer hypocrisy of American law is revealed by this inconsistency. The sheer evil of the most rabid abortion advocates is shown by their support of abortion up to the ninth month of pregnancy. To me, this issue is a no-brainer–human life is a continuum from conception to death, and there is no non-arbitrary point apart from conception to identify the origin of the living human person. Abortion at any stage of pregnancy is outright murder, murder of the most vulnerable human persons who cannot defend themselves. Americans are seeing more and more that this is the case, but the dictatorial federal courts insist on forcing liberal abortion laws on the states. Thank God the Supreme Court allowed a ban on “partial-birth abortion,” but even if an abortion is not “partial-birth,” it is still murder. It is sad that the United States, which has much good in it, is capable of making such evil laws–laws that are inconsistent with other laws concerning murder. And make no mistake–abortion is an evil act.¬† If Dr. Gosnell is guilty of what he is accused, he will have done acts acknowledged by any reasonable person to be evil. Why not extend such outrage to oppose murdering human persons while they remain in the womb? Consistency may be the hobgoblin of little minds, but inconsistency is the mark of a fool–and one can be culpable for pushing beliefs that support the murder of the unborn.

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