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Monday, November 29, 2004
  Abortion as Murder
Continuing in my analysis of the "round-table" discussion on religion on Meet the Press, I found another part of the segment particularly interesting. Like the previous post, it focuses on commentary from Dr. Richard Land:
MR. RUSSERT: If abortion is outlawed in the state and abortions are performed by a doctor in that state, who's prosecuted? The doctor?

DR. LAND: The doctor.

MR. RUSSERT: The mother?

DR. LAND: I see mothers as victims. I've worked in crisis pregnancy centers. I've counseled women who'd had post-abortion traumatic stress syndrome. When an abortion takes place, there are at least two victims, the mother and the unborn child. I would prosecute the doctors. And we're ready to battle that out in every state and let the people's elected representatives make those decisions, not people in black robes.
This very position was one of the problems that the anti-abortionists encountered when the Supreme Court heard Roe v. Wade. Jay Floyd, defending the Texas law prohibiting abortion, was asked why no woman had ever been tried for murder, since that was what abortion was in his theory. Floyd did not have an adequate answer to that question.

Now for Dr. Land to call the mothers victims, given his beliefs, is stupefying. I'd be interested to hear his take on a mother who hired a hit man to execute here two year old toddler - would he feel pity for such a mother, or condemn her straight to hell? Does he believe in post-pre-meditated-murder traumatic stress syndrome?
 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:43 AM


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