Personhood and the Beginning of Life

“An unborn child is a unique and individual human being from conception, and, therefore, he or she is entitled to the full protection of law at every stage of development.”
~Justice Tom Parker, Alabama Supreme Court

By Alden L. Benton

In yesterday’s post Hypocrites, Liars, and Murderers, I wrote about the hypocrisy of the progressive-statists and their fake concern for our children while they celebrate the more than 1.2 million murders by abortion every year. 

This is the result of the cause célèbre of the women’s rights movement — Roe v. Wade (410 U.S. 113 (1973).  In this case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that abortion was legal in the United States, opening the door to unrestricted abortions for any reason, at any time.

Roe v. Wade has been a point of contention between the soulless, Godless progressive-statists and conservatives for 40 years.  However, two apparently unrelated court decisions may eventually provide enough precedent to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The first case is the 2005 California conviction of Scott Lee Peterson.  Peterson was convicted of first degree murder in the death of his wife Laci, and of second degree murder in the death of their unborn child. 

In the real world, not the fantasyland of the progressive-statist, if Peterson is guilty of murdering his unborn child, then it is also murder to abort the life of any unborn child.  This idea is supported by a second unrelated court case earlier this month in Alabama.

In the Alabama case, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that a state law prohibiting exposing minors to hazardous substances also applied to an unborn child. 

According to World Net Daily,

The case upheld the convictions of two women, Hope Ankrom of Coffee County and Amanda Kimbrough of Colbert County, who were prosecuted for using drugs during their pregnancies.

The state law originally was intended to prevent parents from operating meth labs around children, or allowing children to be in meth labs, and does not mention the unborn.

But the decision said “The plain meaning of the word ‘child’ in the chemical endangerment statute includes unborn children.”

The Alabama decision and the murder conviction of Scott Peterson both establish that an unborn child is indeed a person, and as such is protected under the law.  These decisions establish legal precedent that may end the 40-year mass murder spree spawned by Roe v. Wade.

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion cases are an aberration to law and stand on an island by themselves, and that island will one day disappear,” said Mathew Staver, founder of the pro-life law firm Liberty Counsel.

Staver told World Net Daily,

“After all, it was the original Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion throughout the United States that noted should the personhood of the unborn be established, abortion advocacy would disintegrate, since the unborn then would be qualified for all the protections offered by the U.S. Constitution.”

With the possibility that President Obama will fill two or more vacancies on the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS), these precedents take on new significance. 

If SCOTUS hears a challenge to Roe v. Wade with its current membership, there is a good chance of overturning it.  However, if the expected retirements occur before the Court can hear a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the window of opportunity to stop the carnage will be lost for decades.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed….”  ~Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

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