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Abortion or Murder?

Monday, May 9th, 2011 by Dr. Dennis Sullivan

A recent post at the  “Ohio Life Wire” blog points out a strange irony for our times.

A man from the Columbus area recently pled guilty to attempted murder. His crime? He tried to force his girlfriend at gunpoint to have an abortion against her will. When they arrived at the abortion facility, she passed a note to the clinic personnel. They called the police, and the man was arrested. So according to Ohio law, if a woman wants to have an abortion, it’s a legal procedure; if she is forced to have the abortion, that makes it murder. The legal status of the unborn child completely depends on the attitude of the mother.

Now it turns out that the woman was never at risk to have an abortion, since clinic personnel would not perform the procedure without her consent. Her baby has been born, and is in good hands. Yet her boyfriend could spend up to 20 years in prison for wanting the baby dead.

This is another strange example of our schizophrenic legal system that fails to afford all unborn children equal protection under the law, as specified in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Original Columbus Dispatch article