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|The two ideas are unified by a strong respect for life. A society that holds life in high regard will react swiftly and strongly when someone violates such regard via murder. To punish with less is to say the loss wasn't that big of a deal.|
|But isn't capital punishment murder? No. Ending a human life means different things at different times whether it be self-defense, mercy-killing, or executing, etc.|
|I don't think for most being pro-life has anything to do with punishment of pregnant woman. If anything, most would say they're pro-life because babies don't deserve to be 'punished' for the choices of adults that resulted in thier conception.|
|I have a feeling that most would also differentiate between an innocent who's not even had the chance to be born let alone intentionally harm someone else, and say, an axe-murderer who's been given the death penalty.|
Originally Posted by beccaboomom
Very well said.
Pro-lifers are very consistent. They always want to protect the lives of innocent people, be it an unborn child, the disabled, the elderly, the terminally ill.
|to protect the potential life of an unborn child (pregnancy is no guarantee of a living breathing baby, as i know all too well)...|
|at the expense of the rights of the living to decide for herself what she can and cannot do to her own body. And then to say it's okay to end someone else's life for whatever reason or perceived reason irregardless, a living, breathing human person. This is what many find inconsistent and impossible to understand.|
Originally Posted by beccaboomom
It is not the womans body she is harming, it is that of an unborn child. She is ending someone else's life. The death penalty isn't for a perceived reason, I think mutilating, or murdering another is a reality.
|Do you really believe that everyone who has received a guilty verdict is unquestionably guilty and deserving of death?|
|one innocent person to death|
Originally Posted by athansor
If the difference is in the question of 'innocence', then I think you have to consider the possibility that innocent people have, and may well continue to be executed if the death penalty continues. I believe that supporting the death penalty as it exists today means accepting that there is a possibility of a person who is innocent( or a person with diminished guilt) being executed, and believing that the good of the death penatly outweighs the loss of innocent life. That's one reason why I can't support the death penalty.
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