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  • Firstly, this may be becasue of different jurisictions or differnet legal systems. But secondly, we have to decide at what point a developing fetus acquires human rights. Some poepl say that a an egg becomes human as soon as it is fertilised, but not all people agree. If you believe that it take some time before the developing b;lob of cells acquires human rights, then early abortion is not murder. On the other hand, everybody (that I know) agrees that an wewight-and-a-half month developed fetus is human. So it is a matter of personal opinion where you switch over from not human (abortion OK) to human (killing by any means is murder). And inevitably there will be an uncertain area between.
  • The answer is pretty darn obvious: fetuses aren't legally human beings so what is done about people killing them is entirely up to the individual, and some individuals serve as elected representatives. Edit: Of course I'm going to get modded down by the "women should die in childbirth" crowd.
  • I have to totally agree with you, but I think this is what "they" say. I think if the woman is so far along it's considered a double murder, don't hold me to this though. I think it's sad, I don't get why ppl think that abortion is a form of Birth control. Given there are certain cases where ppl do it for medical reasons or because of rape, but I think for the majority of ppl it's the "quick" fix. If you a mature enough to have sex, get pregnant, than you should me mature enough to give this baby to a loving home. There are plenty of ppl in this country that want children and they can't have them, and on the other hand you have all these other girls who get knocked up and they don't want it. My brother was married to a women who had a total of 4 abortions, she is no longer able to have kids, thank God. This is just so sad and someone needs to take control. I am a women and yes would like womens rights, but what about that childs rights? As soon as I found out I was pg they were little souls and they have a heart at 4 weeks so in my mind heart and soul they are alive and human and not just a fetus to slaughter when someone screws up. I hope this helped you, have a wonderful day!
  • I get where you're coming from, and I really ain't pro-choice. But, to answer your question, I would believe that in the case of abortion it was the mother/parents making a decision regarding their body and their potential child. In the case of murder of the mother, the life was ended by someone who legally couldn't have made that choice. I hope that made sense, was about as good as explanation as I could think.
  • Doctors make good money performing abortions, so it's more convenient for them to pretend that abortion is a necessary medical procedure.
  • yea i never thought about that . good point but if the mother is murdered .. the choice was made by a rapist/murderer and not the mother herself .. idk its just more civilized when the mother is making the choice
  • Pecause most people are hypocrites.
  • Because only the woman can legally decide whether to have the child or not. If she want to end it, that's her right. When someone else kills it without her permission, that's when the charges appear.
  • It's totally a legal thing with this. Under the law it is up to the mother and only the mother weather or not to continue the pregnancy. If she is carring the child when she dies the courts see it that she had the intent to carry the child to term. Therefor if someone murders her and the child they violated her right to decide to have a child. That makes it a double murder or at least one murder and one manslaughter. As for abortion because she decided to terminate the pregnancy and it's done with in the legal guidlines it's not murder. Too me it's murdering a child no matter who decided it should die.
  • I can under stand where you are coming from. I wouldn't have an abortion, because I think of it as legalised murder. But, there does need to be a legal way to terminate a pregnancy, some women could get pregnant accidentily and because of medical reasons not be able to carry the baby. I also think some times that women who have been raped and end up pregnant as a result should have the option of a abortion.
  • In Indianapolis, a woman was just shot in the stomach by a robber at a bank, for no apparent reason. She was 5 months pregnant with twins. Just yesterday, the twins died. The woman is still in ICU. The prosecutor said that they cannot charge the gunman with capital murder, because the twins are not considered viable under Indiana law. I think they're gonna use this to change that viability statement... If she hadn't been shot, they would NOT have died, and therefore WOULD have been viable. They're trying to find a law that will work to charge the asshole with that will get him MUCH more than attempted murder of the woman, armed robbery, aggrevated assault with a deadly weapon, etc. (Something for the twins' deaths.) Oh... They said that strengthening the murder law would not affect abortion laws because there are already exceptions on the books for them.
  • Why? They want an excuse to have abortions and put politically correct terms on it, such as "terminating a pregnancy", and call it "legal". Is it right? In my opinion, it is not. Then again, my opinion isn't worth much.
  • Abortion is the mother's choice.
  • Perhaps intent is involved.
  • That's an interesting point.
  • im puzzled
  • how can you kill a pregnant women and only get charged with single homicide. The laws in the US don't care about the victims. They are made to protect the guilty.
  • because our society is full of double standards.
  • Well first noone should kill and secondly abortion is a womens choice, killing a pregnant women who wants her baby who is planning to keep her baby is violated of her life and her babies life therefore punishment should be handed down.
  • Abortion is a womans voluntary choice. Being killed by a criminal is not a womans choice. Its all about intent.
  • Whatever makes the murdering bastard stay in jail for as long as possible, it sounds to me. Not only did he kill a woman, but she was PREGNANT and he killed her BABY with her?! America believes in freedom, but not the freedom to murder. We want to see that douche fry or rot in jail or whatever they do nowadays. J
  • Because the woman did not choose for that to happen.
  • Yes, there was some controversy about this law: "The legislation was both hailed and vilified by various legal observers who interpreted the measure as a step toward granting legal personhood to human fetuses, even though the bill explicitly contained a provision excepting abortion, stating that the bill would not "be construed to permit the prosecution" "of any person for conduct relating to an abortion for which the consent of the pregnant woman, or a person authorized by law to act on her behalf", "of any person for any medical treatment of the pregnant woman or her unborn child" or "of any woman with respect to her unborn child." The bill contained the alternate title of Laci and Conner's Law after the California mother (Laci Peterson) and fetus (Conner Peterson) whose deaths were widely publicized during the later stages of the congressional debate on the bill in 2003 and 2004. (see Scott Peterson and Laci Peterson). Scott Peterson was convicted of double homicide under California's fetal homicide law." "The Unborn Victims of Violence Act was strongly opposed by most pro-choice organizations, on grounds that the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision said that the human fetus is not a "person" under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, and that if the fetus were a Fourteenth Amendment "person," then he or she would have a constitutional right to life. However, the laws of 34 states also recognize the human fetus as the legal victim of homicide (and often, other violent crimes) during the entire period of pre-natal development (24 states) or during part of the pre-natal period (10 states). Legal challenges to these laws, arguing that they violate Roe v. Wade or other U.S. Supreme Court precedents, have been uniformly rejected by both the federal and the state courts, including the supreme courts of California, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. Some prominent legal scholars who strongly support Roe v. Wade, such as Prof. Walter Dellinger of Duke University Law School, Richard Parker of Harvard, and Sherry F. Colb of Rutgers Law School, have written that fetal homicide laws do not conflict with Roe v. Wade." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unborn_Victims_of_Violence_Act Further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laci_Peterson http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_pregnant_women
  • The same reason in Germany in the 1930s killing a German was murder but killing a Jew was not...just because its a law does not make it right.
  • It's not about the end result, it is about the legal rights. If I take something from your pocket, I have stolen; If you take something from your own pocket, is that stealing? Of course not, it was your pocket. The woman's right lies in controlling her own body and her own life. Murder by a third-party not only takes away life, it destroys any chance the woman may have had for controlling her own life.
  • If men ever found themselves to be pregnant so many of these responses would be totally different....it's easy to judge when you have not found yourself pregnant after being savagely raped, pregnant by your father, your life in danger, etc. I don't believe anyone chooses abortion because they enjoy the procedure......and maybe if we stopped pretending that abstination was the answer and concentrated more on education and options there would be less demand for abortions.
  • 1) The Supreme Court ruled that abortion is legal; Roe v. Wade 2) The Unborn Victims of Violence Act, passed by the US Congress and signed into law by Pres. Bush in 2004 explicitly contained a provision excepting abortion, stating that the bill would not "be construed to permit the prosecution" "of any person for conduct relating to an abortion for which the consent of the pregnant woman, or a person authorized by law to act on her behalf", "of any person for any medical treatment of the pregnant woman or her unborn child" or "of any woman with respect to her unborn child." 3) Regardless of common sense or personal belief, any bill that is passed by the legislature, enacted by the Chief Executive, and not overturned by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional IS THE LAW. If it is not against the law, it is legal, though there may be a new law in the future. If you believe otherwise in this instance, re-read point #3. And it he law *specifically and explicitly* states that a particular act is *NOT* a criminal offense, then it is also legal.
  • No matter what the L A W says ; I have wondered why many times .... It just doesn't make sense . It is ok for a doctor to kill your baby with your consent ... OH ..that is the REASON ... the mother has given her consent for her baby to be killed in the case of abortion ....
  • Wow! Great question! Does seem like a huge contradiction doesn't it?
  • Probably because the majority voted for it and you must have been with the minority vote. Majority Rules..
  • Because murder isnt the choice of the person being murdered! People choose to have abortions, they dont choose to be murdered
  • for some reason i dont think it's considered a double homicide until the fetus reaches a certain age... 16 weeks or what ever and you can only have an abortion up until that time...
  • Try this on for size!!!
  • What did you do?
  • Because liberals want their way and they will do or say anything to get their way, including murder.
  • Best answer sucks. A life is a life. I was raped and I knew I couldn't kil a living fetus, you don't have to go to college to know that one folks. Lets be real with ourselves. Life is Precious. My daughter is the most loved girl in whole world, So oceams razor whatever please get over yourself.
  • The question of "being" is something philosophers have long pondered. What is the meaning of being and what is the source? In the passage before us, we have our answer. We have being because we are known by God. For God to declare that he knows and sets apart the prophet Jeremiah even before he is conceived indicates that our being rests in God's own being. Because He is and because He wills we, therefore, are and do. The Apostle Paul says as much when he declares before the philosophers of his day, "In Him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). One of the tragedies of the abortion culture is that life in the womb has been so heartbreakingly devalued. To embrace the arguments of the "pro-choice" crowd one must conclude that the child in the womb doesn't exist, isn't there, has no being. But nothing could be further from the truth. That child is known by God and, as such, has being. Prayer: Lord God, we confess that in You we live and move and have our being. Because You are, we are. May we find grace from You to affirm the being of every human and may we labor to make this truth known to the world around us. Amen. Rev. J. Kirk van der Swaagh Pastor, Conservative Congregational Christian Conference
  • How come I can put an acorn in my pocket but I can't do the same with a 50 foot oak tree? There not one in the same thing. As to legal aboration would you like to make it a crime? Now, that will stop it. Why is not all of the anti aboration effort put towards a solution to the problem of why some feel they must go this route? Why are not the efforts put towards a solution of what to do with the unwanted children. Why is it easier to say what one is against than actually work towards a solution? Why is that those who are for less goverment often wants to change the laws and often in the most personal aspects of the lifes of others?
  • The government is pro abortion, obviously, as are abortion supporters. If babies paid taxes abortion would be illegal. Babies cost money in healthcare, schools, tax credits, and other services.
  • Murderers usually get off lihtly. Let them have this loophole and keep the scum off the streets. Why do you suppoort infanticide? Scott Peterson should rot forever, today I was looking for a guy with the same name and I see he has many friends on Facebook.
  • One woman wanted her kid, the other one didnt.
  • Don't try to make sense of it. You can't. Fetal homicide laws say that embryos and fetuses are human beings with the same protection against assault and murder as anyone else. So, then, abortion kills a human being, yet it's legal to do so.
  • Because the law reflects the society it's written for and this society is very, very conflicted over abortion.
  • At least this ends the debate as to whether a fetus is a human being or not. Legally, unborn children are human beings.
  • There shouldn't be any extra criminal penalty for the baby's death as long as abortion is legal, and certainly not a murder charge. She could always sue in civil court for damages.
  • Very ironic isn't it? Because people make exceptions to the rules when it suits them better.

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