Legal expert ponders action against death penalty, abortion

.- While millions of Americans are rightly lobbying for an end to the death penalty, which has sanctioned the execution of 1,000 people since 1976, what ought to be done regarding abortion, which has taken an average of 1,000 lives every seven hours since Roe v. Wade? Ethicist Nikolas Nikas, Esq., asked this provocative question in an opinion piece in last week’s National Review Online.

The president and general counsel of the Bioethics Defense Fund noted that the 1,000th sanctioned execution took place in the U.S. Dec. 2, “despite the opposition of tens of millions of American citizens.” The public interest legal organization advocates for human rights on the issues of cloning and embryonic stem-cell research, abortion and assisted suicide.

Nikas said executions have taken place in the U.S. since the 1976 Supreme Court decision that sanctioned the death penalty “despite the overwhelming evidence …, establishing beyond a reasonable doubt that such acts, immoral to the core, only serve to corrupt civil society and do nothing to solve the nation's most pressing social concerns.”

He noted, however, that this same number is reached several times every day when it comes to abortion. About 1.3 million babies are aborted each year in the U.S., which is about 3,500 each day, he said.  

“If averaged out over a 24-hour period, the 1,000th victim of abortion occurs approximately every seven hours of every day, 365 times a year!” he stated. “Every hour, approximately 146 unborn boys and girls are deprived of the most basic of all human rights: the right to exist.”

“So, if 1,000 dead from capital punishment since 1976 deserves to be marked, what should we as a society do to mark the approximately 37,000,000 dead from abortion in that same period?” Nikas asks, inviting readers to ponder the issue. “If capital punishment should be abolished for ending the life of 1,000 human beings, then what should we do with the practice of human abortion that kills millions?”

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 13:1-15


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14
Second Reading:: 1 Cor 11:23-26
Gospel:: Jn 13:1-15

Homily of the Day

Jn 13:1-15


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: