A common argument that comes up when discussing abortion is the equivocation of the murder involved in an abortion and the murder involved in dispensation of the death penalty. Personally, I find the two to be completely different. Many conservatives are pro-choice and pro-death penalty. The reverse is also true. Many more conservatives are pro-life and pro-death penalty, this is the category I belong to. If you are like me and have many socially liberal friends, I’m certain that you have debated these topics numerous times. You have also probably heard the line “How can you say that abortion is murder when you are willing to murder an actual human being?” Or you’ve heard something similar. For the record, let me say, that babies are human beings. I stand affirmed that an unborn child and a sentenced criminal are not the same.
The differences between the two couldn’t be more obvious.
- Guilt: Babies are inherently innocent. A criminal sentenced to death is not.
- Choice: The criminal made a choice that resulted in their death sentence. An unborn child CANNOT make any choices.
- Societal benefit: Babies are always wanted and adoption is a great option for those who can not commit to raising a child. Criminals are not wanted. Life sentences and parole strain the society that they harmed even more than their crimes did.
- Leverage: In the case of criminals, the death penalty is the greatest tool that a prosecutor has to compel confessions and plea agreements. In the case of an unborn child, the only thing being leveraged is motherhood vs. convenience.
There are a great many arguments to be made against abortion and in favor of the death penalty. Many people may not agree with either the pro-life or pro-death penalty stances. However, one thing is an absolute certainty. No matter how it is worded the judicious use of the death penalty is not even remotely similar to the act of an abortion.
***Once again, a very special thanks to Anna Tarkov for her editing, patience, and support. You’re a great help, Anna!***