Cruel And Unusual Punishment

June 13, 2006 09:00 AM

Oh, you thought I was going to write about aborting a helpless preborn baby, didn't you! Wrong.

It seems the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed that criminals who face the death penalty by lethal injection may be suffering needless pain during their final moments on earth. The Supreme Court based their unanimous decision on the idea that if a lethal injection causes pain, it is violating a constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

One of the injections at issue is potassium chloride, which stops a beating heart. This is the same combination of chemicals that is used to kill a preborn baby during selective reduction procedures. Or as one medical journal puts it: "Fetal intracardiac potassium chloride injection to avoid the hopeless resuscitation of an abnormal abortus."

Odd how a convicted criminal, who can defend himself, can get his way with the U.S. Supreme Court, but a preborn child hasn't got a ghost of a chance.

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