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Old 04-20-2003, 10:59 AM   #1
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Laci Peterson case tied to Roe debate

By Rob Jennings, Daily Record

The head of the National Organization for Women's Morris County chapter is opposing a double-murder charge in the Laci Peterson case, saying it could provide ammunition to the pro-life lobby.

"If this is murder, well, then any time a late-term fetus is aborted, they could call it murder," Morris County NOW President Mavra Stark said on Saturday.

Prosecutors in California announced Friday their intention to charge Scott Peterson, 30, of Modesto, both with killing his wife and their unborn son. Laci Peterson was eight months pregnant when she disappeared Dec. 24.

Both bodies were identified on Friday after washing up on the shore of San Francisco Bay.

More than two dozen states, including California, have adopted "fetal homicide" statutes, and prosecutors often will seek a double-murder charge when a pregnant woman is killed.

Marie Tasy, public and legislative affairs director for New Jersey Right To Life, countered that a double-murder charge against Scott Peterson is appropriate. She assailed pro-choice activists for opposing fetal homicide statutes.

"Obviously he was wanted by the mother," Tasy said.

"Clearly groups like NOW are doing a great injustice to women by opposing these laws. It just shows you how extreme, and to what lengths, these groups will go to protect the right to abortion."

Fetal homicide laws have been opposed by some pro-choice organizations that fear they will undermine a woman's right to choose an abortion, even though the statues exempt legal abortions.

After watching news reports of Peterson's arrest, Stark expressed concern with the tone of the coverage.

"There's something about this that bothers me a little bit," Stark said. "Was it born, or was it unborn? If it was unborn, then I can't see charging (Peterson) with a double-murder."

Some pro-lifers hope fetal homicide laws will establish a precedent that fetuses are human beings, thereby fueling efforts to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

Laci Peterson's due date was Feb. 10, and she already had picked out a name -- Connor -- for her unborn son. Stark said that added to the tragedy of the case, but shouldn't result in an additional murder charge.

"He was wanted and expected, and (Laci Peterson) had a name for him, but if he wasn't born, he wasn't born. It sets a kind of precedent," Stark said, adding that the issue was "just something I've been ruminating on."

There is no fetal homicide statute in New Jersey, considered one of the nation's most pro-choice states. Under California law, murder charges can result if the fetus is older than seven weeks.

To convict Peterson of murdering his unborn son, prosecutors would have to prove either that he intended to kill the fetus or knew that it would die as a result of Laci Peterson's death.

"The argument that (fetal homicide statutes) would interfere with abortion rights is ridiculous," Tasy said. "These groups are so radical that they would deny recourse to a family for the loss of a wanted child."

The second murder charge against Peterson is crucial because he otherwise would not be eligible for the death penalty. The double-murder charge qualifies as a "special circumstance" for which capital punishment may be sought.

Prosecutors have not said whether they will seek the death penalty against Peterson, who will be arraigned on Monday. He is being held in the Stanislaus County Jail.

Stark said that despite her opposition to the double-murder charge, she is not sympathetic to Scott Peterson. "I'd like to see them string him up," Stark said, "any way they can."
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Some pro-lifers hope fetal homicide laws will establish a precedent that fetuses are human beings, thereby fueling efforts to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.


Personally I think this is wrong - there is a genuine debate to be had about abortion, and people should have that debate openly instead of trying to push through pro-life legislation 'by the back-door'.

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The second murder charge against Peterson is crucial because he otherwise would not be eligible for the death penalty. The double-murder charge qualifies as a "special circumstance" for which capital punishment may be sought.
This kind of raises the issue of how on earth a person can be pro-life on the issue of abortion, but also pro-death with regard to the death penalty. I can't understand how you can oppose abortion on the grounds that it's murder, but then also support the death penalty which is very clearly murder.
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"This kind of raises the issue of how on earth a person can be pro-life on the issue of abortion, but also pro-death with regard to the death penalty"

That answer is so EASY.

Connor(unborn baby)=innocent-Pro Life for him
Jeffery Dahmer(guilty)-not innocent-Capital Punishment for guilty.

In other words..Pro Life =let the innocent live.

When is an unborn child guilty of anything?
Why Capital Punishment for innocent life?

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I think that raises the question of who gets to declare a person "guilty" or "innocent" - who decides for what crimes the death penalty ought to be an option? What happens when an innocent person is executed, which we all know has happened, and will continue to happen as long as the death penalty is used? Then it is the killing of a person who is innocent of the crime they were killed for.

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? What happens when an innocent person is executed,
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I think there are alot more innocent babies being slaughtered than a few wrongly convicted prisoners.

And if an innocent prisoner is wrongly executed that responsibility of the prisoner's innocent life would fall on the prosecuter.
Its about accountabilty.
Accountability for what we do as a ppl for innocent life, be it innocent prisoners or innocent babies.

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I think there are alot more innocent babies being slaughtered than a few wrongly convicted prisoners.
That isn't an excuse for it though. You don't excuse something that's bad simply because there are other bad things in the world.


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And if an innocent prisoner is wrongly executed that responsibility of the prisoner's innocent life would fall on the prosecuter.
Its about accountabilty.
Accountability for what we do as a ppl for innocent life, be it innocent prisoners or innocent babies.

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So does part of the responsibility for the murder of an innocent person fall on the government which permits the death penalty in the first place? After all, without that, a prosecutor couldn't ever seek the death penalty.

And when you talk about "accountability" - who are you saying people are accountable to? If a person was wrongly executed then the people who passed that sentence on the innocent person should be accountable to who? The person's family? The government of the country? Who?
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Actually, according to Roman Catholic and some other Christian theology, even babies aren't innocent--we all carry original sin into the world, which is why babies are baptized. Don't know how anyone feels about this, but I just thought I should point it out.
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"That isn't an excuse for it though. You don't excuse something that's bad simply because there are other bad things in the world"

im not excusing human error, im saying those who error should be held accountable.
those erroring would be-
muderous criminals
an occassional prosecuter.

Last time I checked babies have never been muderous criminals nor errored and have nothing to be accountable for.
I also do not see Capital Punishment as bad.
I see Abortion as bad as it indiscriminately takes human life unlike Capital Punisment.

"So does part of the responsibility for the murder of an innocent person fall on the government which permits the death penalty in the first place? "

No.
Think about all wrong convictions of every broken law.
Kind of a ludicrus suggestion on your part.

"And when you talk about "accountability" - who are you saying people are accountable to?"

The rule of law.
Its not that difficult of a concept unless you have a problem w/indivual accountablity..

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im not excusing human error, im saying those who error should be held accountable.
those erroring would be-
muderous criminals
an occassional prosecuter.
No, but you said that killing innocent people because of the death penalty is bad, but it's not as bad as the number of babies who are killed by abortion. I'm saying they're both bad!

I'm saying that while the death penalty is permitted, innocent people will always be executed, as people are imperfect and do make mistakes, therefore mistakes are made regarding the death penalty and innocent people are murdered. The only way we can insure an innocent person is never murdered because of the death penalty is to stop using the death penalty, which IMO is what should happen.

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Last time I checked babies have never been muderous criminals nor errored and have nothing to be accountable for.


Again, who should decide when a person has committed a crime that is worthy of the death penalty? I think most people here would agree that the decision of a Nigerian court to execute Amina Lawal for becoming pregnant outside of marraige was wrong - so whose responsibility is it to decide what a person can be executed for?

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I also do not see Capital Punishment as bad.
I see Abortion as bad as it indiscriminately takes human life unlike Capital Punisment.
Well, I'll admit I do see capital punishment as bad. Regardless of whether the person executed is guilty of the crime they're accused of, I still don't believe the state should ever have the right to take a person's life.

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No.
Think about all wrong convictions of every broken law.
Kind of a ludicrus suggestion on your part.


Sorry, I think I must have explained myself wrongly here so I'll try and explain it properly. You stated that if a person was executed for a crime they hadn't committed, then the prosecutor who was responsible for them being sentenced to death would be accountable. Right? Well, the only reason that prosecutor is able to seek the death penalty is if the state s/he lives in permits the death penalty - if the state didn't permit the death penalty, that person couldn't have been executed. So if you're going to assign blame to the prosecutor for a person being murdered, then it's also logical to blame the state for making the death penalty an option in the first place.
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Actually, according to Roman Catholic and some other Christian theology, even babies aren't innocent--we all carry original sin into the world, which is why babies are baptized. Don't know how anyone feels about this, but I just thought I should point it out.
I was thinking about that too. I guess if a person who believed in that was pro-life then they would also have to be against the death penalty as they couldn't use the "but unborn babies are innocent" argument.
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Pax and Fizz-
I dont believe in the original sin concept

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"Sorry, I think I must have explained myself wrongly here so I'll try and explain it properly. You stated that if a person was executed for a crime they hadn't committed, then the prosecutor who was responsible for them being sentenced to death would be accountable. Right? Well, the only reason that prosecutor is able to seek the death penalty is if the state s/he lives in permits the death penalty - if the state didn't permit the death penalty, that person couldn't have been executed"

I was taking your argument a step futhur thats all.
If Capital punishent is a "punishment", all punishments for wrongly convicted crimes would be the burden of the govt, jurors..according to your assertion.
instead of the errant prosecutors-where they belong.
I was pointed out the flawed logic.

"Regardless of whether the person executed is guilty of the crime they're accused of, I still don't believe the state should ever have the right to take a person's life."

I dont believe that State has the right to take innocent life, apparently you do supporting Abortion Rights which takes innocent life, no matter how tou try and repackage it.

"I think most people here would agree that the decision of a Nigerian court to execute Amina Lawal for becoming pregnant outside of marraige was wrong :"


I agree w/that.
Im glad America does not share this archaic way of thinking.

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This could be the Anti Capital Punisment's new poster boy
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[B]I dont believe that State has the right to take innocent life, apparently you do supporting Abortion Rights which takes innocent life, no matter how tou try and repackage it.
I don't believe the state has a right to take any life, innocent or otherwise. That said, I'm not really a supporter of "abortion rights" - I used to believe 100% that abortion should be legal and available (with reasonable limits) but I'm not entirely sure anymore. So...put me in the "thinks abortion is wrong but doesn't know how the state should legislate for it" category, rather than the "pro-abortion rights" category.

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"I think most people here would agree that the decision of a Nigerian court to execute Amina Lawal for becoming pregnant outside of marraige was wrong :"

I agree w/that.
Im glad America does not share this archaic way of thinking.
Right, but my point was that most people in the US think it's wrong to execute a person for extra-marital sex. However, the people who wrote that law clearly believe it's okay. So who gets to decide? Who gets to say if a person commits a certain crime then they should die for it? Who gets to decide which crimes are worthy of the death penalty and which are not?
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And for the record, the man in the picture should spend the rest of his days in a jail cell. The state has a right to punish people and to protect its citizens but it doesn't have a right to kill people. Putting him in prison will punish him and prevent him hurting anyone else: the state doens't have to kill him to achieve that.
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And for the record, the man in the picture should spend the rest of his days in a jail cell. The state has a right to punish people and to protect its citizens but it doesn't have a right to kill people. Putting him in prison will punish him and prevent him hurting anyone else: the state doens't have to kill him to achieve that.
Tell you what Fizzing




I will protect life for these human beings



You can fight for this person's right to live.
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