Is Your Life A Legal Question?

October 2, 2008 09:00 AM

Yesterday, Lillie Reynolds' grandson lost his life in a tragic automobile crash.

Logan Troy Taylor was living in his mother's womb, was eight months of age and was somehow ripped from his mother's womb during the crash. This is a very sad story, as are all those involving the deaths of preborn babies, but this one has a twist to it.

The reporter writing the story states, "The question remains, however, whether he [the baby] ever really lived." While I find this an astounding statement for anyone to make, the fact of the matter is that in a legally schizophrenic country like the United States of America, the question is legitimate.

We all know the reasons why. Laci and Conner's Law, known officially as the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, passed by Congress in 2004, makes it clear that in this case there was a human being whose life was wanted by his mother. However, nothing about the preborn child is obvious due to our culture's duplicitous attitude toward the resident of the womb.

Pro-life leader Judy Zabik spoke to reporters about Logan's death and said, "We expect (the same) prosecution regardless of whether the baby was in a car seat in the backseat or in the mother's womb."

Indeed, every thinking human being should expect that justice will be done in this case, and even Logan's grandmother argued, "You don't put clothes on a fetus."

Technically she is wrong, of course, because the Latin word fetus means "little one" or "child," but I can see why she made the point. Few people realize who lives in the womb during pregnancy these days and that, scientifically, they are human beings.

But again, this is exactly what the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions have created in America: confusion about whether or not, and when, this child was really a child.

I am sure there will be intense debate about Logan's death before law enforcement personnel deciding what their course of action will be. And in the midst of the debate, the reality of why there has to be a debate in the first place will be all but lost.

So just in case you want to get my perspective on this, let me make something perfectly clear. In the years following the Roe and Doe Supreme Court decisions, numerous pro-life legislative efforts have been pursued and some have been successful. But the reality of the situation is that while these laws are described as incremental steps toward ending abortion, some of them undermine the goal of overturning the Roe and Doe decisions.

When laws like the Unborn Victims of Violence Act and their state counterparts are enacted, they provide cover for the abortion industry and for those two dreadful decisions. For example, the UVVA states


(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to permit the prosecution--

(1) of any person for conduct relating to an abortion for which the consent of the pregnant woman, or a person authorized by law to act on her behalf, has been obtained or for which such consent is implied by law.

Therefore, the law protects only those preborn human beings whose mothers choose to carry them. If Logan's mom had gone to an abortionist on the day of the accident, his death would not be a question of criminal behavior because the abortionist is merely doing what he was paid to do. Logan would have, as if by magic, become an unwanted child instead of a wanted child.

This is what happens when laws pander to the Roe and Doe decisions, thus legitimizing them while claiming to be pro-life. I would guess this is also why Logan's grandmother is confused about the use of the word fetus to describe her grandson.

Cases like Logan's remind us of the tragic conditions that our nation faces daily, due to our inability to recognize the preborn baby as a member of the human family. When medical dictionaries define the word fetus as "unborn offspring," and the definition of offspring is "the product of the reproductive processes of an animal or plant : young, progeny : child," it becomes obvious that the contradictions I have pointed out are simply mindless.

It probably sounds far-fetched to some to go to this extent to make my point. But regardless of your opinion on the usage and meaning of certain terms, the crisis our preborn brothers and sisters face was created because words were manipulated. Seven men sitting on a Supreme Court bench decided what they should mean. And so, according to current law, maybe Logan is a child and maybe he isn't, but according to everything we know about pregnancy and the product of procreation, it is not confusing.

A baby boy died during the car accident in Genesee County, Michigan, and a baby dies every single time an act of abortion occurs.

As plain as this fact is, the real question is extremely troublesome, but must be asked: If the law can render some persons as undeserving of recognition as persons simply because of where they live, what is to prevent the law from reclassifying others because of how they look or how dependent they are on others?

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