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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Of murder and justice.

Just please tell me they got the right guy. Give me that much at least.

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The Canadian Press reports:

MP wants murder charge for dead fetus

An Edmonton man charged with murdering his wife ought to be facing double charges because she was pregnant, says a pro-life member of Parliament.

Maurice Vellacott, Conservative MP from Saskatoon and co-chair of the parliamentary pro-life caucus, is calling for the law to be changed so unborn children would also be treated as victims in cases where their mother is murdered.

You know, for all their flaws at least Canadians don't give asinine ideas like this any serious traction. Once again, all together now: we become legal entities upon exiting the womb and not a moment before (see Proceed with Care: Final Report of the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies, Minister of Government Services Canada, 1993, Vol. 2, pp.956-960).

Filing double murder charges against someone who kills a pregnant woman, while initially appealing to our vengeful streaks, inevitably legitimizes the fetus as a person (or potential person) and paves the way for a larger argument against any action that jeopardizes its health. Fuck that.


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