On another thread there have been many well written posts about the above topics. I thought the reflections of a family member about the two was unique-
Is there another piece we are missing when discussing abortion rights and/or the death penalty?
The other day I had an enlightening conversation about these two issues with an older family member who has a value system that I try to emulate as much as possible-and usually fail. In summary-
Abortion-he believes that women should have that choice if needed. This from a man who rarely misses church and has a strong spiritual faith.
Death Penalty-against it. He made it very clear he could pull the trigger if someone hurt us or other family members. But as he said, "That doesn't mean I am right."
I asked him-how could you be for abortion and not for the death penalty? He said they(the gov't) will never execute a rich man and that rich women can afford to pay a doctor if needed. The poor cannot hire the top legal teams to defend themselves. They don't have access to private doctors who would perform an illegal abortion if abortion was made illegal.
I have simplified his thoughts and our discussion but it has made me reflect more about these two topics.