In the last few months, at least two people have been charged with murder in the deaths of fetuses. Many in the pro-choice movement now find themselves in an intelligently untenable position.
Complaining that one cannot be charged with murder in the death of a fetus, they now must explain how terminating the life of a fetus at the request of the mother differs from the killing of afetus by a murderer. How does the author of the act mitigate the fact of the final result? A life has been taken.
Undeniably, a woman may find an unwanted pregnancy devastating, and in an attempt to relieve her very difficult situation, may make a painful but wrong decision. Society may understand and even sympathize with the woman who chooses abortion. However, society and the law, in circumstances of criminality, recognize that a fetus is a person.
What now? Is a fetus a person in criminal cases only, and only after its life has been terminated by someone other than the mother? I don't think so. A living fetus is indeed a person.
NICHOLAS D. MECCA