The Lamp

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What about Fetal Pain?

Posted by thelamp on January 8, 2007

Across the United States, executions for condemned murders are being postponed. Maryland, Florida and California have each suspended plans to carry out death sentences because citizens are begging for compassion.

It appears that the lethal injection procedure used in three dozen states is extraordinarily painful. However, it’s hard to understand how the same people who would halt a murder’s execution would readily subject an innocent baby in the womb to similar suffering.

Faced with grim testimony of poorly trained executioners operating in cramped, dimly lit quarters, a federal judge declared California’s execution procedure unconstitutional. The current lethal injection procedure used in 3 states calls for a three-drug process.

The first drug, sodium thiopental, is a fast-acting barbiturate that is supposed to render the condemned inmate unconscious before the second two drugs – pancuronium bromide, which paralyzes the body, and potassium chloride, which causes cardiac arrest – are administered.

Lawsuits challenging lethal injection contend that a condemned man would be unable to scream out in pain because he has been paralyzed by the second drug. This is very much the case for unborn babies. Even though they can feel excruciating pain, they have no way to cry out in agony.

“There is no justifiable argument for abortion,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, “A baby is a human being that is entitled to all the rights and privileges we enjoy here in America.”

Unfortunately, the 109th Congress didn’t give unborn children the same consideration now being extended to murderers and rapists. The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act would have made anesthesia available to the baby, and the pregnant woman would have been advised that the fetus inside her would feel the trauma of death. The legislation failed to pass.

An unborn child is faultless. Its suffering should garner at least the same empathy as the most violent members of society.



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